As Hindu people celebrate Diwali, their festival of light triumphing over darkness, our bishops have sent a message of greeting and goodwill.
During Diwali, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly lit and the festival typically lasts five days, with the climax occurring tomorrow, Tuesday.
The message reads:
To our Hindu Friends and Colleagues
We send our greetings to you and the wider Hindu community at the festival of Diwali. As you celebrate, we trust that you will enjoy a precious time with family and friends.
We are grateful for the good relations between the Hindu communities of West Yorkshire and the parishes and chaplaincies of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds. These good relations include Christian and Hindu neighbours and colleagues reaching out to one another as well as community groups joining together to work for the common good. Our Archbishop of Canterbury also made an important visit to India recently, and we are aware of international pressures on the Hindu communities of the UK at this time.
We also recognise and appreciate the contribution that your communities make in so many areas of our national life and, as we look forward to the year ahead, we pray that God will lead our world from darkness to light and from death to life.
Wishing you a joyful and blessed Diwali,
Bishop Nick Baines
Bishop Jonathan Gibbs
Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley
Bishop Toby Howarth
Bishop Tony Robinson
Bishop Paul Slater