Diwali trip 2015.. Pictures, Students, and a mention of ‘black Diwali’

This Wednesday saw students from Religion, Philosophy & Ethics at the University of Gloucestershire (along with some welcome guests from Creative Writing, History, and English Literature along too) head up to Leicester for the 2015 Diwali celebrations.

The BBC report that 41000 people attended, a coach-load of them were our students..  We will be back next year for more fireworks, sweets, street food and to witness the celebrations.

Want to know more about Diwali? There is this Pictures and Guide page, and lots more on the web.

This year’s celebrations were not without controversy though – as some British Sikhs called for a ‘black Diwali’ in protest at the visit to the UK by BJP President of India Nanendra Modi. At http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34793443 a Sikh is quoted as saying:

“Whereas previously the parties were more secular and appealing on economic policies or the general policies you might get here, now it’s more Hindu nationalism, that’s the agenda,” he said.
“The other minorities in India are getting a rough ride.”

 Nonetheless, many Hindu communities are delighted at his visit – as the http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34793443 article describes.

Click to see more from RPE’s Flickr site of trips, speakers, and events.