This Saturday (14 November 2020) sees two significant religious festivals.
Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, takes place on Saturday 14 November, 2020. Diwali is the five-day
festival of lights, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. It symbolises the spiritual
“victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” Each religion
observes different events and stories during the festival. The word ‘Diwali’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘deepavali’, meaning “rows of lighted lamps”.
This year, the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all, and this means the current lockdown and national restrictions will also have an impact on how celebrations take place. These will be different this year, taking account of the national restrictions. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy these festivals. We have a poster for you to download about enjoying these festivals during the Coronavirus restrictions, You can download the A3 poster here
and the A4 poster here
Please stay safe and circulate to anyone who may be affected, thank you.
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Bandi Chhor Divas
Sikhs remember the release from prison and return to Amritsar of the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind in 1619. The name ‘Bandi Chhor Divas’ means ‘liberation of prisoners day’. This is also celebrated on Saturday 14 November this year.
According to tradition, Guru Hargobind was released from prison in Gwalior and reached Amritsar on Diwali. He would only agree to leave prison if 52 Hindu princes who were in prison with him could also go free. The Emperor Jahangir, said that those who clung to the Guru’s coat would be able to go free. This was meant to limit the number of prisoners who could be released. However, Guru Hargobind had a coat made with 52 tassels attached to it so that all of the princes could leave prison with him.
The story reminds Sikhs of freedom and human rights and this is what they celebrate on Bandi Chhor Divas.