How Saroop Is Celebrating Diwali & Bandi Chhor Divas
How Saroop Is Celebrating Diwali & Bandi Chhor Divas

How Saroop Is Celebrating Diwali & Bandi Chhor Divas

As a second-generation migrant, SL fashion assistant Saroop Sangha’s roots are in Punjab – a state in the northwest region of India. As a proud British South Asian, she values her heritage, her culture and all the occasions that come with it, including Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas. Here’s how she’ll be celebrating this year…
By Saroop Sangha

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Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas are celebrated across South Asia and South Asian diasporas every year, typically in the autumn/winter months. Although both occasions coincide timewise, they differ in origin. Within Hinduism, Diwali celebrates the power of light over darkness and the human ability to value good over evil. In Sikhism, Bandi Chhor Divas is a celebration of the sixth Guru (Guru Hargobind) and his release from prison in Gwalior Fort. Both communities mark these events by celebrating the power of light through diva and candle lighting, as well as firework displays.


I always celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas and Diwali with my family, and this year is no exception. As the occasion falls on a Sunday this year, I’ll start my day by attending a prayer at the Gurdwara, dressed modestly in this stunning Anand Kabra silk draped sari three piece from Amrika. While at the Gurdwara, I’ll join in with lighting some divas and candles, which always sets the tone for the occasion. I’ll style the look with a bindi from my go-to – Ava’s Bindi Box – in a tonal brown colour and I’ll add this intricate Lotus choker from Red Dot Jewels to refine the look. 

Our family often hosts a Diwali dinner, too. Arranging the table is my responsibility, so I’ve chosen this traditional thaali set to serve a range of savoury dishes including dhaal, vegetable sabjis and roti. Although I’ll admit I’m not cooking, I have purchased this golden frying set from Our Place for when my family moves onto the Gulab Jamun and Jalebis – two very popular South Asian desserts. Everyone knows you can’t have a family get together without plenty of Chai Indian tea. I’ll be using this beautiful, hand painted kettle from Made with Love in India to serve it. Once all the eating and drinking ends, everyone will head into the garden to watch a firework display that’s usually followed by Punjabi music and some questionable, off-beat dancing – but those are always the best Diwali and Bandi Chhor memories. 

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