Happy Diwali from all at IEC Abroad

Diwali 2014 – Thursday 23rd October\r\n\r\nWe would like to wish all of our students and friends a very happy Diwali! Whether you’re studying in Manchester or celebrating at home with your family, here’s to a very prosperous Hindu New Year.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDiwali and Dashehra are celebrated by Hindu, Sikh, Nepalese and Jain communities and in many countries Diwali, which takes place 20 days after Dashehra, is a national holiday. The festivals celebrate the triumph of good over evil and lanterns and fireworks are used to symbolise this. Light and colour is very important at Diwali, so expect to see our wintry UK cities looking a little more vibrant throughout October!\r\n\r\nFor our students who’ve never been involved in a Diwali celebration before, Diwali is a vibrant festival of light which involves feasting, traditional performances and dressing ‘formally’ in beautiful clothing. You may see women with henna designs on their hands around Diwali and this has become quite popular with westerners too – at many festivals, special beauty stalls often provide traditional beauty treatments to women of all nationalities and religions.\r\n\r\n

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\r\n\r\nA dance performance at Trafalgar Square, London\r\n\r\nThis time of year is also a time for spring cleaning in traditional Hindu households and families will come together and give gifts as a sign of affection and appreciation.\r\n\r\nThe date on which Diwali is celebrated changes every year, and many Hindus will choose to celebrate on the weekends surrounding the official date. So don’t be surprised if you’re invited to a Saturday evening get-together, some students may be away from their families and this is a wonderful way to celebrate with university/college friends. If you would like to take a gift to a Diwali gathering, chocolates are a good choice for the occasion.\r\n\r\nDiwali isn’t officially a public holiday in the UK, however British nationals do generally love getting involved in the celebrations. Many people will visit their Hindu friend’s homes and join in with public street celebrations on Diwali – in many cities it is a festival for everyone to enjoy.\r\n\r\nThis year many UK wide celebrations took place on Sunday 12th October, with the revered Trafalgar Square festival attracting visitors from all over the world. Manchester’s Diwali celebration also took place on Sunday complete with a twilight lantern procession. Visitors could find out more about the celebration at the event and people from all faiths flocked to enjoy the food, music, crafts and dancing.\r\n\r\nIf you’d like to attend a public Diwali festival then Leicester hosts what is often described as one of the biggest celebrations outside of India. The Diwali lights switch on took place on Sunday 12th October, however Diwali day itself will be a huge celebratory event with fireworks, stage entertainment and live broadcasting.\r\n\r\nTo find out more about studying abroad in the UK, please browse our course finder and ‘Study in’ pages for more information. Got a question for our team? Email us (admissions@iecabroad.com) and we’ll be happy to help.\r\n