The Diwali Festival~ Sunderland~ Nov 2017~ Part 1

Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair,  and it is also celebrated by  Jains, Sikhs and Newar Buddhists to mark different historical events and stories. It is a five-day festival in many regions of India, with Diwali night centering on the new moon – the darkest night – at the end of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin and the start of the month of Kartika. In the Common Era calendar, Diwali typically falls towards the end of October, or first half of November each year. Rituals and preparations for Diwali begin days or weeks in advance. The festival formally begins two days before the night of Diwali, and ends two days thereafter. Each day has it’s own rituals and significance.

In Sunderland the Festival was housed in the National Glass Centre, and was free to attend.

It’s a great way of show-casing our culture. Allowing non-Asian communities to come and embrace and see what we have to offer and it is a positive event. It’s about friendship, it’s about joy, it’s about education.

– KAM CHERA, ORGANISER
When we arrived we were offered, and took, an ornamental bindi, which was stuck in the middle of our foreheads! Everyone had one so it would have been rude not to.  There was a lot going on in all the rooms upstairs, and dancing displays downstairs. Firstly we listened to some sitar playing and it was lovely to watch the relationship between the player and the drummer, and the sitar was beautiful.
There was a lady who carved fruit and vegetables into flowers
and ladies painting henna patterns onto hands
you could try on sari’s and turbans
or buy some bling for the ladies
and maybe a handmade jacket for the gentlemen
or have your hair done
or get made up Bollywood style!

 

Before

 

After
When we’d seen all the displays, we headed off downstairs to see the dancing, but took some sneaky’s whilst on the way.
well that’s enough for now, next time we’ll see the dancers in action, they were gorgeous, so stay tooned!

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38 Comments

  1. I had never heard of this festival before, until I saw a post on it over on another blog that I follow.
    Looks like you had a really cool experience, and as always the pictures are absolutely beautiful 😊😊

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    1. It really was a lovely experience 😊 thanks Michel x

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  2. I love saris, so bright and beautiful.

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    1. They are! More to come.

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  3. Amazing pictures! This already looks like a great event, even without the dancing.

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    1. The dancing was the cherry on the icing of a lush cake!

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  4. I saw Diwali celebrations in Southall once, as part of working on the ambulances. It was certainly lively, and looked good at night.
    The Bollywood make-up is something special indeed.
    Nice shots as always, FR.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete, I did a series of shots following the Bollywood lady through her make up, it was amazing. And they were so nice to let me do that. I’ll post a link to the full album at the end x

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  5. I’ve heard of Diwali, but they don’t have any festivals near where I live. This looks like so much fun. I can’t wait to see the dancers!😊

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    1. It was the best day! Cheers Kim.

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    2. Same here Kim!!! Yay for dancing!

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  6. The lady painting henna patterns has a beauty I have never known before. I love the contrast of the colorful clothes with the muted weather.

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    1. I thought she was stunning too Francis, so glad I got a picture of her.

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  7. This is so awesome and festive! I love that makeup job! Great photography Fraggle, as always!📷💖😄

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    1. Thanks Hunny 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome sweet lady!😊

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  8. That looks like such fun. I can’t wait to see the dancers.

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  9. Oh what fun — my first Diwali festival. I really enjoyed this, Fraggle. A coworker once described it to me (with great enthusiasm), but I’ve never been. Looking forward to more. Hugs.

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    1. It was a grand day! Cheers Teagan.

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  10. Such colours, your camera must have had a big smile, great shots.

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    1. Yes indeed! Cheers Eddy!

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  11. What a colourful and vivid festival. Much have been great fun to photographs – which is reflected in the photos. A lovely series.

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  12. Those are some wonderful moments and hope you had fun 🙂

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    1. Thanks Joshi, yes I loved it all!

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  13. This has nothing to do with your post – the blog redesign is great!

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    1. Thanks! I might keep it a while 😊

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  14. Going through these backwards…love these too…behind the scenes, wonderful but different from the next post. Love the girls at the top of the page, lovely shot…and the hands carving fruit…the colour!

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    1. She was very good, there’s a few more of the fruit-art in the main album but you get the drift here.

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  15. I love anything like this. I’m so curious about other cultures.

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  16. Cool, I love the fruit carving. And those colourful and vibrant saris make for great photos. Did you have a Bollywood-style makeover?

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    1. Haha nope! Too busy shooting 🙂

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  17. My goddaughter lives in Delhi, India and my friend her father used to post Facebook photos of Diwali celebrations there.

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    1. It is very joyful and I’m really glad I went.

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