Diwali celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs in Gravesend
PUBLISHED: 15:17 16 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:06 16 November 2012
Diwali, also known as the "festival of lights", was celebrated last week by Sikhs and Hindus in Gravesend.
For Hindus, it is one of the most important festivals of the year, signalling the start of the new year and the end of the harvest season.
On the same day as Diwali, Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Diwas which marks the release of Guru Hargobind Ji from imprisonment by a tyrant king.
The guru campaigned for the release of 52 Hindu prisoners being held prisoner in India and took them back to Amritsar, the spiritual centre for Sikhs, where they were welcomed with lit candles.
More than one thousand Sikhs visited the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend on Tuesday 13 for prayer and food.
Jagdev Singh Virdee, secretary of the Gurdwara, said: “For Sikhs, the day signifies freedom from repression and light overcoming darkness.”