The Hindu Festival of Diwali and Sikh Festival in Bandi Chor Divas is now facing major disruption due to lockdown.
For over a million Hindus and Sikhs in the UK, November is an important part of the year – and they are determined not to let the pandemic spoil their fun.
While many residents are concerned about what might happen at Christmas, Saturday’s celebrations for Diwali and the Sikh Festival in Bandy Chor Divas are facing disruption from the coronavirus lockdown.
The Temple of Neasden, a place of worship for Hindus, is one of the largest in the UK and prepares for virtual Diwali.
A spokesman for the temple, Tarun Patel, said: “Usually, thousands of people come to the temple to celebrate Diwali.. However, this year is different.
“The temple will go to the homes of thousands of people to convey a spiritual message and distill hope, faith and trust in people during these difficult times and in the hope of returning better times. The temple will reopen, and we will work collectively. Celebrate the festivals again.
It has been a very difficult time for those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, such as Vipin Bhatt’s 67-year-old family, from Leicester.
His nephew Jaydev Vyas of Edgware in North London said: “We will meet at Zoom or virtual meeting due to current lockdown restrictions.
« Even places of worship such as temples are closed. Therefore, we will not be able to visit the temple on New Year’s Day or on Diwali. I think everything is canceled.
“So, it’s a new way to celebrate Diwali, miss family gathering, and exchange sweets. This part is really missing and this is the most important.
This is also a party time for the Sikhs, who usually prepare for the adventures of the Bandi Chhor Divas – another festival of lights also celebrated on Saturday night.
Sandeep Singh Daheley owns MBE to volunteer during the pandemic and is the founder of DigiSangat, a virtual space designed to help bereaved families during the lockdown, which has been used to send 10 million prayers.
He said: “This year, we are using a platform that we created at the beginning of the year, at the beginning of COVID, so we will organize a large-scale online event so that Sikhs from all over the world can tune in, pray together, be almost together.
Both societies are determined not to let the epidemic dim its light, and will celebrate the best they can through their family’s bubble.
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