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Posted on: 03/11/2021

Happy Diwali to our students and BGS Community!

At this time of year, the skies above our homes light up with fireworks as Diwali is celebrated around the world. But what is Diwali and how is it celebrated?

This five day multi-faith festival is celebrated at the start of the Indian astrological calendar, (around the end October/early November) all over India by Hindus, Sikhs, Jain’s and some Buddhists and marks a bountiful harvest, the start of an auspicious new year. 

Many at BGS will be well aware of the Hindu background of this festival with the intrepid adventure of Rama and Sita and their eventual return to Ayodhya with an army of monkeys led by Hanuman.

Some of our Sixth Form Prefects have created a clip explaining why and how Sikhs celebrate a significant moment in their history at the same time. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chor Divas, day of liberation, when Sikh Guru Hargobind successfully left prison together with 52 Hindu princes, in 1619.

BGS Sixth Form Prefects Video

Rama & Sita - Religious Studies Youtube Video