Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated across the world by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.
The national lockdown means that family and friends will not be able to gather in each other’s homes to celebrate and enjoy feasts.
However, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak, a practising Hindu told the BBC, ‘we’ve got Zoom, we’ve got the phone, and most importantly, we’ve got each other.’
You can still make someone’s day special by wishing them a Happy Diwali, and sharing a heartfelt message or poem.
How to wish someone a Happy Diwali
To greet someone in Hindi for Diwali it’s best to say ‘Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein’ or ‘Shubh Deepavali’. These both mean Happy Diwali.
Meanwhile in Punjabi it would be ‘Tuhanu Diwali diyan boht both vadhaiyan’ and in Marathi ‘Shush Diwali’ or ‘Diwalichya hard Shubhechha’.
‘Deepavali Nalvazhthukal’ is the best way to greet someone in Tamil.
Even a simple ‘Happy Diwali’ will be greatly appreciated.
Diwali quotes and messages to share
As we are unable to meet up with people during lockdown, you may choose to write loved ones a letter or a text to wish them a Happy Diwali.
The following are heartfelt messages and quotes you can use:May the lights of Diwali make your and your loved ones’ life brighter and happier
Wishing your family a happy and safe Diwali
May the beauty of a Deepavali season fill your home with happiness, and may the coming year provide you with all that brings you joy
This Diwali let us give thanks for our health, friends, and family
May the lamps of Diwali illuminate your life. May the colours of rangoli usher in happiness, may the delicious Diwali desserts add sweetness to your life, and may Goddess Lakshmi shower you with all that you have wished for
Diwali poems to read and share
Today’s the ‘Festival of Lights’ all o’er; A joyful day for minds and hearts and souls;
And people throng the Temples to offer, Prayers, resolving to take better roles. And most of them are richly clad and clean, And eat such dainty foods and sweets with mirth; Whilst noisy crackers burst, their lights are seen, It seems to be a happy day on Earth! But are there not hearts woe-filled, very sad? Denied of laughter, smiles for days; Today’s the triumph of Good over bad; But what about the wastage in much ways? True joy is when you see someone else smile! True charity gives joy in Heav’nly style.
– Dr. John Celes
The clear blue sky, The scent of flowers, The colours of Rangoli, And the sound of crackers.
The gifts and sweets from dear ones, And the getting of their love, The light of the candles below, And the dazzling fireworks up above.
Lighting lamps at our homes, Making the less fortunate smile, Putting on new apparels, Show our friends some style.
Paying respects to the gods, And decorating for them the thali, This is what the occasion is all about, This is the spirit of Deepavali.