Celebrating Diwali Safely in Lockdown

Celebrating Diwali Safely in Lockdown

09/11/20 - Lockdown restrictions mean that Diwali celebrations will be quite different this year but there are still lots of ways to mark this special occasion.

Although the celebrations might not be exactly what we imagined, there are still lots of ways to mark Diwali.Celebrate Diwali Safely

  • Some families are planning to have virtual celebrations so they can still see friends and relatives and share experiences.
  • Those celebrating Diwali usually decorate their homes, including by lighting small oil lamps called diyas, and this year they can do the same.
  • Families make rangoli patterns and put them outside their front door to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
  • Families who live together, or are in a support bubble together, can still also have a feast at home and make sweet treats.

The city of Leicester usually has one of the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India. Crowds of people, in previous years, have got together for the traditional entertainment and fireworks.

So whilst people can’t gather this time, why not join in a virtual celebration which will be streamed online on the Visit Leicester (Opens in a New Window) website on Diwali Day (Saturday 14th November). There will be lots of music, storytelling, dancing and footage of firework displays from years gone by.

Know the Rules

Lockdown rules mean people must stay at home, big family get-togethers are not permitted and people can’t mix with anyone outside their household or support bubble.

Group worship is also not permitted, as places of worship are for individual prayer only at the moment. More information on restrictions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july (Opens in a New Window)

These rules are in place to protect you, your family and your community. Stick to the rules and stay safe.

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