Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is the Hindu Festival of Lights. In 2020 we celebrate Diwali on 14 November.
Due to the current COVID-19 Lockdown, at RAMM we have moved our celebrations online.
Follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – for Diwali-themed posts throughout the day, which have been created in partnership with Exeter Hindu Cultural Centre. We’ll be sharing memories from previous celebrations at the museum, and posting fun activities to try.
Have you ever wanted to have a go at Bollywood dancing? Dancer Aanchal Gupta will show you how. Perhaps you’re looking for a new recipe to try? Keep an eye out for instructions to make delicious coconut Ladoo. Or maybe you’re creative (or trying to be!)? You can follow an easy guide to making your own Diwali Rangoli – a type of floor art using chalk or coloured powder. (Download your Rangoli template here).
What is Diwali?
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. It usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu month Kartika, which overlaps October and November. It is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, and symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.