Diwali Fireworks Display
Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, it is celebrated every year in the autumn its also an official holiday in India, Fiji, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore, Suriname, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Myanmar and Trinidad and Tobago.
It is celebrated not only by Hindus but Jains, Sikhs and also Newar Buddhists, Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism it signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance.
Its celebrations consist of millions of lights shining from rooftops and outside of windows and doors around temples and buildings as well as thousands of fireworks being let off in gardens and at professional displays, people also decorate their houses and dress in there best clothes. the celebrations can last up to 5 days but the main night of Diwali that coincides with the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat Calendar, in the Gregorian Calendar it falls between mid-October to mid-November.
Diwali dates back to ancient times in India, as a festival after the summer harvest in the Hindu calander month of Kartika the festival is in mentioned in the famous Sanskrit texts Padma Purana and the Skanda Purana both of these works were completed in the second half of the first millennium AD but are believed to be expanded versions from much older dated texts. the lights and fireworks used during the celebrations symbolically represent parts of the Sun, the cosmic give of light energy and life.
Below is a small fireworks display we put on for Diwali in Gravesend, Kent.