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Virtual Oxford Diwali Festival - Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 November


The OUH Chaplaincy is one of the supporters of the Virtual Oxford Diwali Festival which takes place from Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 November 2020.

Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Centre is organising the celebrations which this year are taking place online via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The celebrations take place over four consecutive evenings - from 7.00pm to 8.15pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening. Zoom details are the same for all four events - Meeting ID 829 8552 1540 and Passcode 329298.

Reverend Sarah Sewell, Lead Chaplain at OUH, will be representing the Chaplaincy and the Trust to say a few words at the opening event on Tuesday 3 November at 7.00pm.

Event organiser Kanta Gopal says: "Festival of Lights Diwali or Deepavali  literally means row of lamps. It falls on the night of the new moon in October or November, in the dark phase of the moon.

"It's a celebration of the homecoming of Lord Rama. On this day he returned to his birthplace, Ayodhya, after spending 14 years in exile. The people of Ayodhya lit thousands of clay lamps - 'deepa' - to welcome Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is worshipped for prosperity and wellbeing during this time."

More information is available on the Oxford Hindu Temple website and social media feeds including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.