Diwali – Festival of Lights 2020 – An Update!
It is getting to that exciting time of year again – Aylesbury’s annual Diwali festival!! In light of the virus, this year’s activities will be heading online as we prepare to give you a digital festival of lights. But we will still bring you the same infectious energy and celebration, with song, dance and cultural activities.
Despite the darkness covering the world at the moment, as a result of the Coronavirus, there is still an abundance of light that surrounds us in everyday life. The universal symbol of Light as the source of goodness represents the spiritual and divine; understanding over ignorance; new beginnings and the vitality of life.
We come together in celebration of its power and omnipresence. Light nourishes our body and soul and is the most important source of energy for the world. It warms us; it helps our food to grow; it encourages the release of endorphins to make us happy.
Diwali, as the celebration of light, is a festival of diversity. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive event, and encourage people of all cultures, spiritualities, ages and abilities to join us in celebration. We plan to reflect this diversity in our event with a varied programme of – music, dancing, cultural traditions, health and well-being, food/drink… We are still busy putting it all together, so watch this space!!
Holy Cow Community Events has partnered with the wonderful Aylesbury Town Council, Aylesbury, Town Partnership, Aylesbury Hindu Temple and Bucks County Museum to help us deliver the event virtually this year.
Understandably, there is a lot of work and learning involved with holding a digital festival, as it is not something that we have had to do before. We would really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to fill out our survey.
History of the Diwali – Festival of Lights in Aylesbury
The project came about towards the end of August 2017. On a whim, Poonam Gupta (owner of Holy Cow Home) decided to organise the Festival of Lights as a way to bring communities together and celebrate this festival aka Diwali the Hindu new year. Read more for more about the birth of this project …..
Virtual Diwali – Festival of Lights, Saturday 14th November 2020
Get involved or share your stories of how you plan to celebrate during the pandemic, feature in our footage, closing date 31st October 2020 – contact us
Festival of Lights 2019
Festival of Lights 2018
Holy Cow Community, in partnership with Bucks County Museum hosted the Festival of Lights – Diwali, for the third year running It is a celebration of this major Hindu festival that aims to share all that makes this festival wonderful and more. The organisers believe in making the MOST of life and wish to build communities through organising events that not only bring them together but also encourage activity, communications, integration, understanding and appreciating each other and celebrating.
The Festival of Lights, a free public event, organised by local individuals who need your support. We are very fortunate that Aylesbury has many local artists, who have showcased their talents over the last couple of years.
Celebrations took place throughout the day, beginning at 1pm and ending at 8pm, at both The Bucks County museum and Kingsbury Square.
The Festival included a variety of workshops including meditation, yoga, relaxation and Bollywood dance.
There was also Indian drums, henna and face painting and of course traditional food for attendees to enjoy, rounded off by a parade, lit up with lanterns, including those made earlier at lantern making workshops at The Queens Park Centre.
Last year, over 2,500 took part. This year’s celebration was opened by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Mrs J A Upton MBE.