Today marks the Hindu celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights and one of the world’s most colourful celebrations. Diwali is celebrated around the world by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and is a key date in the religious calendar. One of the most significant festivals of the year; known as the ‘festival of lights’, the date is celebrated every year in the autumn in the northern hemisphere, and spring in the southern hemisphere. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.
The word ‘Diwali’ literally means rows of lighted lamps, and is celebrated by houses and shops being decorated with candles and colourful lights during the five day celebration. Large firework displays are held to honour the legend of Rama, who according to local lore, was greeted with lights and celebrations after returning from exile. Those celebrating the festival also traditionally light traditional earthen candles called diyas, and decorate their houses with colourful rangoli artworks – patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder.
We’ve decided to join in the festivities by showing how brightly coloured blinds can we used to bring colour to our homes and offices, celebrating the festival of lights in a subtle and colourful way.