The cosy season is here! I’ve always been a fan of the winter months and with Diwali, Chanukah and Christmas all around the corner (Diwali is coming to an end now, I hope you had a beautiful festival!) I wanted to talk about how much I love this time of year.
So, the clocks have gone back, the days are getting shorter and it’s time to celebrate the little specks of light in the darkness…
Diwali is the first festival up in the wintertime. It actually was last Sunday but lasts for five days and people of Indian descent (Sikhs and Jains, not just Hindus) celebrate the festival which literally translates to “row of lights”. For many people, the festival honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. It also symbolises the triumph of good over evil, but is also a time just to celebrate with friends and family, and let off some fireworks!
Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of Light and this year, it falls on the 22nd December. It celebrates the triumph of the Jews over the forces of the Greeks, who wanted to stamp out Jewish practice. It lasts for 8 days, to commemorate the miracle that the oil in the lamp which the Jews lit in celebration of their unlikely victory burned for 8 days.
Of course, Christmas is very widely celebrated so everyone probably already knows what it is! Just in case, it’s the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who was born in a stable because there was no more room left at the inn. This festival is celebrated the world over by people of all different cultures.
Whether you’re celebrating one of these sparkly festivals this year or keeping things simple with some candles and fairy lights, I hope you all stay happy, healthy and warm during the winter months!
‘Til next time,