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Tasty treats at dinner as school celebrates Diwali

Published on 27/11/18

Meals inspired by food from Indian subcontinent on offer

School dinners were extra special for one day this term as Orchard School celebrated Diwali – the Hindu Festival of Light. The annual occasion is also widely celebrated by people from the Sikh religion.

Normal menus were suspended for one day as a range of meals inspired by food from the Indian subcontinent was on offer.

Students enjoyed the delicious choices with some remarking it would be good to have it more often!

Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika.

In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Acting Head of Humanities Mrs Hickey said: “Diwali was celebrated on Wednesday 7th November. Diwali is a festival celebrated by both Hindus and Sikhs. As a school which has a large representation of both religions, we felt the need to recognise and celebrate this festival. Both Year 7 and 8 students were informed of the importance and meaning of Diwali in their RE lessons. Traditional  food was served in the canteen to honour this festival.”