Exploring Diwali from a Hindu, Jain and Sikh perspective On Monday 29th October the St Philip’s Centre launched a new session on understanding Diwali for Christians. The idea for the session came from three of our faith practitioners – Ramila Chauhan from the Hindu community, Surinder Kaur Sandhu from the Sikh community and Smita Shah from the Jain community. They have all worked extremely hard over the last few months to design the session and it definitely paid off! The session was run for Evington Churches Together- kindly hosted by St Denys Church – and had 25 people in attendance. The faith practitioners spoke about why they celebrate Diwali, and how the celebrations include both spiritual and cultural elements. There was then a really excellent Q&A session, followed by opportunities to eat food associated with Diwali and also to look at items that the faith practitioners had brought with them, such as divas, thoran and traditional Diwali gifts such as sarees and bangles. Thank you very much to St Denys for hosting, and to Ramila, Surinder and Smita for an excellent session. If you would like to attend a church session on Diwali, why not come along to one being hosted by Leicester Cathedral during Inter Faith Week? It will be on Tuesday 13th November, 7pm to 9pm. Attendance is free but donations are, of course, welcome.