Nottingham Hindu temple

Preparations for Diwali are in full swing as Nottingham Trent students get ready for the Festival of Lights.

Diwali is a traditional festival of lights celebrated throughout the Hindu and Jain religion which celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

Celebrations are taking place until November 9,

Monisha Gowda, president of the Indian society at Nottingham Trent Students’ Union, said: “On Diwali night it will be Bollywood music with a few other surprises that we don’t want to reveal as yet.

“We follow traditions back at home but not here, because we’re away from our families and we don’t go to the temples as much and as a student it is always difficult to prepare for Diwali and my family usually share gifts to celebrate.”

“We follow traditions back at home but not here, because we’re away from our families and we don’t go to the temples as much.”

-Monisha gowda, Indian society president

Diwali is a New Year festival in the Vikrama calendar and the Education group is holding Indian dance workshops and Indian Diya painting workshops for children during the event.

Diwali honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and the tradition of leaving windows and doors open to let the goddess in was part of the tradition in India, although Monisha said that it’s not something that is followed through in the modern-day traditions and celebrations.

Hindu community centre

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated over five days by Sikhs and Jains.

Diwali is known as the festival of lights because throughout the five days fireworks, Indian oil lamps and Diya lights are spread throughout the Hindu and Jain community.

Gambling during Diwali is a popular activity because it is believed the goddess Parvati played dice with her husband on that day and said that anyone who gambled on Diwali night would do well.

To join the Diwali workshops click here.