Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.
Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. T is one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism.
The name is derived from the Sanskrit term dipavali, meaning “row of lights’ and the third day of Diwali is celebrated on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Diwali is celebrated for five days and marks the Hindu New Year. During the festival, diyas are lit and placed in rows along the parapets of temples and houses and set adrift on rivers and streams. Homes are decorated, and floors inside and out are covered with rangoli, consisting of elaborate designs made of coloured rice, sand, or flower petals. The doors and windows of houses are kept open in the hope that Lakshmi will find her way inside and bless the residents with wealth and success.
It is not just about lights and legends –– Diwali is a time to have fun with friends and family! People exchange gifts and sweets, enjoy delicious feasts, watch firework displays and wear new clothes. It’s a time to clean and decorate the home, too. Rangoli is a popular Diwali tradition –– beautiful patterns made using colourful powders and flowers. People draw rangoli on the floor by the entrance of their homes to welcome the gods and bring good luck!
Diwali Ball 2021
HUMSoc – Oxford University Hindu Society Presents:
The annual celebration of the Festival of Lights: DIWALI BALL 2021
Join us on Wednesday 3rd November to see Oxford Town Hall transformed into an awe-inspiring spectacle of lights, music, and culture. Celebrate this auspicious festival by indulging in amazing Indian food, drinks, Bollywood tunes and featured live performances!
As well as musical entertainment, savour the atmosphere of south Asian dancers, Bollywood-style photo booths, henna stalls, casino games, and more, as we guide the victorious Rama and Sita back home in a mesmerizing night of enchantment and extravagance.
Dress code: Traditional or Black Tie
Tickets will be released this summer and will be available to buy at https://oxfordhindusociety.co.uk/diwali-ball/