Hindus and Skihs prepare to celebrate Diwali in Southampton

Fireworks will mark Diwali in Southampton tonight

Fireworks will mark Diwali in Southampton tonight

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

SOUTHAMPTON’S skyline will be lit up tonight as hundreds of worshippers celebrate one of the biggest festivals in their religious calendar.

Hindus from across the south will flock to the city today for Diwali, which will be marked with a spectacular fireworks display, alongside dance performances and traditional prayers.

The event celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

Festivities Southampton’s Sikh gurdwaras will also mark the occasion with their own festivities, as they see the occasion as a Celebration of Freedom.

The city’s Vedic Society Hindu Temple, in Radcliffe Road, in Northam, will kick-start this year’s colourful celebrations, welcoming around 300 worshippers from Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Basingstoke and Andover.

A fireworks display will take centre stage at 7.30pm, ahead of a special religious ceremony, known as Chopda Pujan. Diwali, which is known as the “festival of lights,” will also see the lighting of hundreds of clay lamps filled with oil, to symbolise the triumph of good over evil.

The festivities will continue on Wednesday to mark the first day of the Hindu New Year, known as Annakut Day.

Worshippers are set to return to the temple at around noon armed with a variety of food dishes, which will be offered to the gods and later shared among the invited guests.

Dhurjati Shukla, secretary at the Vedic Society Hindu Temple, said: “Diwali is a very important event for us. I would say it is equal to Christmas.

“It’s one of the biggest festivals in the Hindu calendar. Everyone looks forward to it throughout the whole year.

“It’s the time that people go out and buy new clothes and jewellery and exchange gifts with friends and relatives.

“Because it’s the New Year, it’s also about forgiving and forgetting, building new friendships and renewing old ones.”

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7:49am Tue 13 Nov 12

Raxx says...

*Awaits comments from idiots about Christmas being being banned etc*
*Awaits comments from idiots about Christmas being being banned etc* Raxx
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10:21am Tue 13 Nov 12

kingnotail says...

Raxx wrote:
*Awaits comments from idiots about Christmas being being banned etc*
The Daily Mail / Express recycle that winterval crap every year, despite the fact it was proven to be nonsense more than a decade ago.
[quote][p][bold]Raxx[/bold] wrote: *Awaits comments from idiots about Christmas being being banned etc*[/p][/quote]The Daily Mail / Express recycle that winterval crap every year, despite the fact it was proven to be nonsense more than a decade ago. kingnotail
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10:26am Tue 13 Nov 12

Stillness says...

Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime?
Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime? Stillness
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11:40am Tue 13 Nov 12

Georgem says...

Stillness wrote:
Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime?
Personally, I think Skih is probably my least favourite brand of yoghurt.
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime?[/p][/quote]Personally, I think Skih is probably my least favourite brand of yoghurt. Georgem
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12:34pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Stillness says...

Georgem wrote:
Stillness wrote:
Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime?
Personally, I think Skih is probably my least favourite brand of yoghurt.
I'm not anti-Skih, heaven forbid. But I am pro-biotic. Does that make me a bad person?`
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime?[/p][/quote]Personally, I think Skih is probably my least favourite brand of yoghurt.[/p][/quote]I'm not anti-Skih, heaven forbid. But I am pro-biotic. Does that make me a bad person?` Stillness
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4:38pm Tue 13 Nov 12

lovetheladies says...

Stillness wrote:
Georgem wrote:
Stillness wrote: Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime?
Personally, I think Skih is probably my least favourite brand of yoghurt.
I'm not anti-Skih, heaven forbid. But I am pro-biotic. Does that make me a bad person?`
think someone should be on the stage!
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime?[/p][/quote]Personally, I think Skih is probably my least favourite brand of yoghurt.[/p][/quote]I'm not anti-Skih, heaven forbid. But I am pro-biotic. Does that make me a bad person?`[/p][/quote]think someone should be on the stage! lovetheladies
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8:39pm Tue 13 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

The smelling on here getts wurs and wurser. Echo wins awards my a.rse!
The smelling on here getts wurs and wurser. Echo wins awards my a.rse! bazzeroz
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8:44pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Stillness says...

lovetheladies wrote:
Stillness wrote:
Georgem wrote:
Stillness wrote: Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime?
Personally, I think Skih is probably my least favourite brand of yoghurt.
I'm not anti-Skih, heaven forbid. But I am pro-biotic. Does that make me a bad person?`
think someone should be on the stage!
If you are referring to me at least my pro-biotics will help me when I take a bowl.
[quote][p][bold]lovetheladies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someone at the Echo could have a bit of a look at the spolling im teh heed lime?[/p][/quote]Personally, I think Skih is probably my least favourite brand of yoghurt.[/p][/quote]I'm not anti-Skih, heaven forbid. But I am pro-biotic. Does that make me a bad person?`[/p][/quote]think someone should be on the stage![/p][/quote]If you are referring to me at least my pro-biotics will help me when I take a bowl. Stillness
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