When is Diwali and how is it being celebrated in Newcastle and the North East?

Diwali- the Hindu festival of light- is an annual celebration and a number of places in the North East are marking it this year.

Diwali also known as Deepavali and the festival of lights, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes. On the night itself, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home and participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

When is Diwali?

The date of Diwali falls in either in October or November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon.

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The festival actually runs for five days, beginning with Dhanteras, although the main celebrations happen on the third day, which this year is October 19.

Where is it being marked in the North East?

Newcastle

Diwali festivies, Hindu Temple, Westgate Road

Thursday, October 19

7pm - Puja
7.30 – 9pm - Bhajkan Kirtan and performances from children
9 pm - Aarti

Fireworks, Newcastle Trampoline Park football field

Sunday, October 22. The event is running from 4pm with a funfair, stalls and entertainment and a firework display at 8pm.

Gateshead

Diwali Celebrations, Gateshead Civic Centre

Saturday, October 21. Enjoy delicious Indian food, entertainment from regional performers, DJ’s spinning the very best Bhangra and Bollywood tunes and space to show off your best moves on the dance floor.

The 7pm event is for young and old alike. Look out for raffle prizes, henna artists, face painting and other opportunities to have fun while raising money for valuable charitable work celebrating diversity and helping people in Gateshead.

Durham

Special Late Night Opening, Oriental Museum

Friday, October 20. Visitors can enjoy Diwali food tasting, Indian stories, crafts, games and traditional puja prayers to the goddess Lakshmi.

The Museum will be decorated in spectacular style with diyas, flowers and lanterns made by the community, and the first 100 children will receive a free flower garland.

Entry is £2 for adults and children aged 2 and over. Under 2s go free. No booking required.

Source : http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/when-is-diwali-newcastle-celebrations-7940447

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