Happy Diwali

I want to send my very best wishes to everyone celebrating Diwali here in Britain and all around the world.

Diwali is a unique festival which brings together people of different faiths: Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists and those who are of no faith, to celebrate the festival of light in their own way.

On the night of Diwali Hindu families will come together to offer prayers to Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity, this is normally followed by fireworks, a feast and an exchange of gifts. Offerings are also made to Ganesha who symbolises ethical beginnings and the remover of obstacles.

Diwali is a time to celebrate the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.