Celebrate Diwali in Shoreditch tomorrow

A free story-telling session will take place in Shoreditch restaurant Dishoom tomorrow to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali.

The name “Diwali” comes from the Sanscrit work “Deepavali” ,meaning ‘row of lamps’, and small clay oil lamps are traditionally lit to signify the triumph of good over evil.

These lamps are kept on during the night and to clean the house and to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome, and firecrackers are burst to drive away evil spirits.

It is also customary to share sweets and snacks, and free Diwali punch or chocolate chai for youngsters will be handed out at Dishoom in Shoreditch High Street at 4.30pm.

At 5pm story teller Vayu Naidu will tell the Diwali’s story of princes, princesses and monkey gods in a session lasting 45 minutes, then at 6pm free mithai or Indian sweets will be distributed.