Diwali

You’ll probably know from the flashes, bangs and crashes that this week is Diwali, or the five-day festival of lights (watch a video of the start of this year’s celebrations here) Hindus celebrate the ‘inner light’; deep-seated, higher-knowledge that believe is within us all, and sikhs to celebrate the release of Guru Hargobind. Which both, among other things, involve the lighting of special candles, and letting off of fireworks; the biggest Hindu temple in London, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir celebrated on Tuesday with a spectacular display. Other UK hindus and sikhs celebrate in a more low-key way. This CBeebies video shows how Jessica and her family mark Diwali.

Every festival needs food, and Diwali has some of the tastiest. Find out more about neon sweets, dhabelis and lamb biryani here. And download Diwali activity sheets and games here.