The festival Diwali falls on Saturday this year (14 November) and as with most things during this challenging year, the celebrations will be a bit different.
Diwali is a celebration of light - of good over evil - and is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. London Ambulance Service recruitment advisor Monia will be celebrating Diwali as ever this year but due to the coronavirus she and her family, friends and community have needed to make some changes to keep safe but also still mark the festival.
For Monia, Diwali this year represents a message of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic:
"This year we can’t quite celebrate Diwali the same way as we would normally so we’re doing the celebrations virtually. We'll be showing off our decorations on video call instead!
"As we cannot physically hand gifts to friends and family, this year we have created lots of hampers to send to friends and families. As a community we are having a video call on Saturday – to have the feel of being together and meeting together.
"This festival reminds us that however difficult a situation is – good will always win. It’s not going to stop us. There will be light."
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