From 4th - 7th November, St Albans Museum and Gallery will be celebrating Diwali, the ‘Festival of Lights’ for the first time through a community arts project.
In celebration of Diwali, Rangoli inspired artwork created by six local schools and Preet Cox will be showcased in the Assembly Room. This will be exhibited alongside Diwali artwork and photographs from local families in our community.
Come and join in with the Diwali celebrations and create a Diya picture during your visit. These will be displayed in the hall as part of the Diwali Trail.
Diwali, ‘Deepavali’ or ‘Divali’ is one of the most popular festivals which originates from India. It’s celebrated by billions of people around the world. It is known as the ‘Festival of Lights’.
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Newar Buddhists. For each faith it marks different historical events and stories. For all the religions, the festival represents the same symbolic spiritual victory of light over darkness and good over evil.
Rangoli is an ancient art form from India. It is a vibrant and intricate design made from colourful chalk dust and is often created at the entrance to a house during Diwali. These designs are created to welcome guests and as a gesture to Hindu gods as well as bringing good luck and prosperity.
Ground rice, flowers and diyas (clay lamps) are used to decorate the design too. The designs can consist of geometric shapes, deity inspired design, petals and flowers.
The Rangoli display at the musuem takes inspiration from the traditional chalk based Rangoli form as part of a collective community Diwali celebration in St Albans.
This is a local community initiative organised by community group organiser and artist Preet Cox (St Albans Rainbow Trail) in partnership with St Albans Museum + Gallery.
Schools taking part:
Skyswood Primary and Nursery School
Aboyne Lodge Primary and Nursery School
Bernard’s Heath Infants and Nursery School
How Wood Primary School and Nursery
Wheatfields Infants and Nursery School
Garden Fields JMI School
Alban City School