Diwali oil lamp - Diya lamp lit on colorful rangoli

Diwali or ‘The Festival of Lights’ is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world. It coincides with the Hindu New Year to celebrate new beginnings and the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

Houses, temples and businesses are decorated with colourful lights and families of the South Asian diaspora say prayers for happy and healthy futures.

In his message, Ash Soni, the former RPS President, said: “This Diwali let us give thanks for our health, our family and our friends. Let us show kindness to all and treat others as we would want them to treat us. I wish everyone a year of good health, great happiness and prosperity.

Ash Soni (Photo: Jason Alden.)

One business which is looking forward to Diwali this year is Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which manufactures and supplies generic and branded medicines.

It’s Chief Executive, Dr Nik Kotecha, said: “Each year we’re proud to celebrate religious festivals, which are important to our colleagues.

“Our business benefits from having a diverse workforce, who come from a range of backgrounds. To celebrate Diwali this year, we will be hosting a traditional Indian inspired buffet for all of our employees to enjoy.

“Togetherness and kindness are two of the values that Diwali signifies, and these are also important values for a modern working environment.”

Dr Nik Kotecha (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Grant Thornton)

Each year the cultural Festival of Lights celebrates the spiritual victory of good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

In the lead up to Diwali those celebrating, clean, renovate and decorate their homes and offices, while on the final day they illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with Divas, which are lamps and candles.

Prayers are offered to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity, before fireworks are lit, a family feast takes place and gifts are shared.

Dr Kotecha added: “For thousands of people who work in the UK pharmacy sector, Diwali is a special occasion which brings businesses, their employees, families and friends together in celebration.

“I would like to wish everyone a prosperous Diwali that is full of joy and happiness.”

These articles also appear in the October issue of Pharmacy Business.

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