Sheffield Diwali 2022: Where to celebrate the Festival of Lights


This year’s Diwali begins on Monday, October 24 and sees five days of food, worship and entertainment for Jains, Sikhs, Hindus and more. The Festival of Lights will see celebrations in Sheffield this weekend, October 21.

The festival originated in the Indian subcontinent and is celebrated universally by members of many different religions and cultures for five days. The celebration honors the triumph of good over evil and includes parties, fireworks and dancing.

Diwali is the biggest and most important holiday of the year in India, and the age-old celebration takes many forms depending on where and who is celebrating it. In Hinduism, different stories of Diwali are celebrated in different areas, all celebrating the victory of good over evil often symbolized by fireworks on the third day.

The five-day celebration includes many ceremonies and traditions, and varies by region. The Star has created a short guide to how Diwali is celebrated, as well as where to celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights in Sheffield this year.

The festival originated in the Indian subcontinent and is celebrated universally by members of many different religions and cultures for five days.

How is Diwali celebrated?

On the first day of celebration, Dhanteras, the Hindu goddess of prosperity, wealth, beauty and youth is celebrated. Celebrants usually begin the celebration by purchasing new utensils, jewelry, and clothing.

Families also prepare by cleaning and decorating their homes with decorations such as rangolis made from fine colored powder or sand. Candles are also lit to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune.

The second day is known as Kali Chaudas, Chhoti Diwali or Naraka Chaturdasi, and commemorates the victory of the Hindu deity Krishna over Narakasura, an evil god from Hindu mythology. Some celebrants honor his victory by setting up twinkling lights.

The third day is the most important day of the five-day celebration. On this day, families and friends gather to feast and exchange gifts and treats. People light lamps and candles to welcome Goddess Lakshmi’s blessing of light and prosperity.

On the fourth day of Diwali, some Hindu communities in northern India celebrate how Krishna defeated the Hindu god King Indra by pulling down a mountain. This is celebrated by making small piles of cow dung.

On the fifth and final day, brothers and sisters honor each other with prayers. The day is often celebrated with fireworks to celebrate the last day of Diwali.

Here’s where you can celebrate Diwali in Sheffield.

Where can I celebrate Diwali, India’s Festival of Lights 2022 in Sheffield?

Agni – Diwali Festival 2022

Where: Viper Rooms, 35 Carver St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 4FS

When: Friday, October 21 at 11:00 p.m.

India’s Sheffield Students’ Union Society is hosting what they call “the biggest and baddest Bollywood party of the year” at the Viper Rooms on Friday, October 21. The event will feature entertainment, dating and dancing to the greatest Bollywood and Indian music.

The event starts at 11:00 p.m. with last entry at 12:00 a.m. and entry wristbands can be picked up at the Diamond Cafe between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. You can find out more and buy tickets on the Sheffield Students’ Union website.

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