We’re marking Diwali across our hospitals this week – and everyone is welcome to join us.
Tavinder Kaur New (pictured), one of our chaplaincy volunteers, had an important message for all in the run-up to Diwali.
She said: “Diwali is open to everyone, it’s all about togetherness.
“We’re all the same, no matter our race or religion, so it’s a way to celebrate unity and everybody is welcome to get involved.”
There will be a stall is the atriums at both our hospital in the run-up to Diwali (on Wednesday 7 November), where you can find out more about what Diwali means to others and how they celebrate it.
The stall will be at King George Hospital on Monday 5 November, and at Queen’s Hospital on Tuesday 6 November, from 10.30am to 3.30pm on both days.
Tavinder, who is Sikh, enjoys celebrating Diwali with her family. She added: “I make it a special day and will go to the gurdwara, our place of worship, if I can.
“For Sikhs Diwali is Bandi Chor Divas, a day of freedom. The 6th Guru Hargobind ji had been imprisoned and refused to leave unless all the prisoners were released. So we remember what the Guru did in saving all the other prisoners, that he was not selfish and did not just save himself.”