Diwali: Hindu festival of light in Preston

Hindus celebrated their festival of light with a feast at a temple in Preston.

Tuesday, 13th November 2018, 8:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th November 2018, 10:41 am
The mandir - or temple - in Ribble Bank Street saw people flow in and out all day for people to offer up their prayers and worship to gods.

Diwali and the Hindu new year saw 350 different sweet and savoury dishes offered up to deities at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.

The mandir was decorated with fresh flowers and fairy lights
Worshipers offered their devotions before food was shared at a feast

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Preston mayor coun Trevor Hart addresses the audience
Prayers were said every hour from 6am until the evening feast
Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance."
During Diwali, revellers adorn themselves in their finest clothes, light their homes with oil lamps or fairy lights, offer puja or worship to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and take part in family feasts.
In Nepal the festival is known by a different name - Tihar