Diwali: The commemorative coin, part of the Royal Mint Diwali collection. Will be on sale from Thursday.
Britain on Thursday unveiled a new commemorative coin to mark the Hindu lantern festival. Diwali and to celebrate the life and legacy of Indian liberation leader Mahatma Gandhi.
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A special coin. Found in gold and silver. Features a picture of the Indian national anthem, a lotus. And Gandhi’s most famous quotes: “My life is my message.”
Rishi Sunak, Britain’s first Hindu finance minister. Called it “a fitting tribute to the influential leader who inspired millions of people around the world”.
“As an active Hindu. I am proud to unveil this coin during Diwali,” said Sunak, his father-in-law. Infosys founder Narayan Murthy, one of India’s richest men.
Gandhi, head of the international human rights movement. Led a campaign against British rule in India. Which helped to gain independence in 1947.
The £ 5 coin, which has been on sale since Thursday. Is part of a wide-ranging Royal Mint Diwali collection. Which includes a gold bar depicting Hindu wealth goddess Lakshmi.
Hindus are the third-largest religious group in Britain after Christians and Muslims. Making up about 1.6 percent of the population.
Most British Hindus are native to India.
Nicola Howell, Chief Customer Officer at the state-owned mint. Said it was “a pleasure to unveil the first official UK coin. To commemorate the life. And legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Good design builds on lasting relationships and cultural connections between the UK and India,” he added.
About 10 million coins celebrating British diversity came into effect in October 2020.
Diwali or Divali; related to Jain Diwali. Bandi Chhor Divas, Tihar, Swanti, Sohrai and Bandna) a festival of lanterns. And one of the largest festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains. , Sikhs and other Buddhists, especially New Buddhists. Moreover, in some regions. The celebration of the day Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita. And his brother Lakshmana after defeating Ravana in Lanka and serving 14 years of exile.
Prior to Diwali, celebrants will prepare for cleaning, decorating. And decorating their homes and workplaces with dias (oil lamps) and rangolis (colorful circular patterns). During Diwali, people wear elaborate costumes, illuminate the inside and outside of their homes with dias and rangoli, perform rituals in honor of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, [note 1] simple fireworks, and participate in family ceremonies, where ties. Diwali is also a major cultural event for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains scattered.
The second day is Naraka Chaturdashi. The third day is the day of Lakshmi Puja and the darkest night of the traditional moon. Some Hindu communities mark the last day as Bhai Dooj or the equivalent of a region. Dedicated to the bond between sister and brother. While other Hindu and Sikh professional communities mark this day as Vishwakarma Puja. And celebrate it by performing care in their place. workplaces and prayers.
Other religions in India also celebrate their Diwali. The Jains see their Diwali marking the final liberation of the Mahavira. Sikhs celebrate the Bandi Chhor Divas to mark the liberation of Guru Hargobind in the Mughal Empire prison. While Buddhists in Newar, unlike other Buddhists. Celebrate Diwali by worshiping Lakshmi, while Hindus East India and Bangladesh generally celebrate Diwali, in honor of the goddess Kali. The main day of the Diwali festival (Lakshmi Puja day) is an official holiday in Fiji,Guyana, India, Malaysia, [a] Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan , Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.