Diwali festival

Happy Diwali and Bandhi Chhor Divas

Published: 12 November 2020

Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, and the Sikh celebration of Bandhi Chhor Divas, take place this weekend. This is a joyous time when families and friends in the borough would usually come together to celebrate their faith and culture.

We know that celebrations will be very different this year due to the new COVID-19 restrictions. The new rules mean that places of worship can only stay open for individual prayer.

You also cannot meet socially with family or friends that do not live within your home or part of your support bubble.

Any family members who do not normally live with you (and are not part of your support bubble), need to be treated as a separate household.

Tips for celebrating safely:

  • Check to see if your local temple has Diwali prayers or worship online that you can join
  • Make a card for loved ones and post it or surprise them with a phone call
  • Cook up a feast for those in your household or support bubble
  • Organise a video call with your family and friends who you can’t celebrate with in person
  • Decorate your home with bunting, fairy lights, garlands and rangoli decorations
  • Perform the story of Ramayana as a family and record it to share with your loved ones
  • Share kindness – donate to a local food bank or your temple

See the NHS information on Diwali and how to celebrate during Covid-19

Further information is available on our national restrictions page


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