The Best Ways to Celebrate Diwali in 2021

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Diwali is observed by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains all over the world. It is a five day celebration that signifies the beginning of the new year.

This holiday is about good triumphing over evil, new beginnings, and allowing light to overcome darkness – all very apt things to celebrate is a world trying to find its “new normal” in the wake of COVID-19. 

Due to being determined by the Hindu Lunar Calendar the dates of celebration will change each year. Diwali takes place over 5 days, with a different tradition taking place on each of the important dates. In 2021, the main festivities will take place on November 4th. This day is dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, who is believed to visit the homes of devotees on the night of Diwali and bring them wealth and good fortune in the new year.

After 18+ months of restrictions and enforced distancing, the Diwali celebrations in 2021 are set to be bigger and more important than ever. Here are a few of our favourite ways to enjoy this holiday: 

Paint Your Own Diyas – think of Diwali, and you’ll think of Diyas. The festival is celebrated on the day of the new moon, a time of darkness, diyas are a means to get rid of darkness and are a symbol of light overcoming dark. 

Painting your own diyas is a fun party activity, or a great family bonding experience. You could even craft your own diya out of clay, before painting and decorating it with ribbon, glitter and jewels. 

Bring Luck With Rangolis – similarly synonymous with Diwali, rangolis are a symbol of luck that are also used during other celebrations such as weddings. The colourful displays are normally created in entryways, outside of the house. 

If you’re experienced in making rangolis, why not try a new intricate design (look to Pinterest for hundreds of ideas) or make your rangoli with different materials. You could even invite a friend who has never made one before and have fun teaching them.

Treat Yourself (or a loved one) – shopping during Diwali is actually said to bring a lot of prosperity to your life, so there is no better time to treat yourself or a loved one. Save any planned purchases for during Diwali – new car, new phone, or just a shopping spree with friends. 

The third day of Diwal, when most parties and festivities happen, is a great opportunity for exchanging gifts purchased with loved ones.

Indulge in Delicious Food & Sweet Treats – sweet treats and food in general pair well with every celebration, but for this particular event it should definitely be traditional Indian foods that are enjoyed. Diwali, after all, originated as a festival that marked the last harvest before winter.

The best place to enjoy a traditional Indian feast with your family and friends this year? Lagan of course! This year we will be hosting a Bollywood Night: Diwali Special on Tuesday 2nd November (the first day of Diwali) which will feature an unlimited canape buffet, live bollywood performances, mehndi/henna, and a ton of food and treats. 

Call 0115 9677288 to book your tickets. 

Diwali events will also be taking place at our sister restaurants, Haveli Radcliffe (Wed 3rd) and Haveli Northampton (Thurs 4th). 

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