Diwali is a time of year that is celebrated by the South Asian community. Hindu’s celebrate Rama’s eventual defeat of the evil spirit Ravana, and his triumphant return to his home. Sikhs celebrate Diwali to commemorate the return of their young spiritual leader Guru Hargobind, the sixth guru to the holy city of Amritsar on release from wrongful imprisonments symbolising understanding & common goals. It truly is a beautiful time of year.
Diwali has always been so special to me! Fireworks, Family and Fun, the three F words I absolutely love!
Ever since I can remember, Diwali would ALWAYS be at our house. My parents would love to host and I would remember thinking about how much my Dad would spend on fireworks it was always a running joke on how the uncles would compete with one another!
Mum would be making her famous lamb curry, okra, rice, roti, it would be a feast! And of course everyone’s hands would be filled with the rich colour of henna waving their sparklers in mid air!
Last year was tough, I didn’t feel like celebrating after losing Dad, but this year I am focusing on the spiritual side and what it really means. The above was so much fun but as I have gotten older, I realise what it is all really about. Diwali signifies and symbolises light over darkness, good over evil, and joy over sadness. I think that could not be more apt, for now we need that more than ever.
As a brown girl in business, this is one of my ways of paying homage to my culture, one that when I was growing up I would shy away from, but now I embrace whole heartedly and want to share with the World.
Yes, let’s talk appropriation. This is still something that is bought up so often, much more often than I would like and for the wrong reasons. I featured on an article with Glamour a while back and you would not believe some of the remarks I got about offering henna to white people and classing myself as British etc.
It disappoints me to see that its people from my own background and upbringing hating on the joy of sharing our beautiful culture with the rest of the world. Well, each to their own, but I would like to take this opportunity to share that if you are not from an Asian background and love having henna, PLEASE CONTINUE TO DO SO! It is not cultural appropriation but appreciation and long may it continue.
I hope that we are able to one day wear what we please no matter what the background and appreciate its descent. So if you would like to wear henna and celebrate all the beautiful symbolism associated with it, we are here to champion that!
So Happy Diwali to all celebrating, those learning, and those curious. You can book in store to have a treatment and join in in the fun. Or buy your own henna and create a night of celebration with your family. Diwali is about light over darkness, good over evil and love above all – so lets share our love of our culture
Happy Henna –ing!