AHEAD of the beginning of Diwali this Sunday November 12, students at Bridgwater and Taunton College have already begun celebrating the Hindu festival of lights.

Diwali is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar, and it is celebrated by Hindus all over the world - symbolising the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

Celebrations for BTC staff and students took place last night (Thursday, November 9).

A decorated table at the Bridgwater Campus' reception provided key information about the religious festival whilst promoting the celebrations.

Students and staff were then invited to learn more about the festival and its significance through activities in the Students Union.

At lunchtime, an explosion of vibrant colours adorned the college grounds as students took part in the art of Rangoli - a traditional Indian art form involving the creation of intricate and colourful patterns on the ground using sand or powder

The college community also created Clay Diya - small oil lamps traditionally lit during Diwali to symbolise the victory of light over darkness.

The day was accompanied by traditional Indian snacks and sweets for everyone in attendance, which were a big hit, and everyone had a great time trying new foods and learning more about Indian culture.

A spokesperson for Bridgwater and Taunton College said: "BTC's Diwali celebration was a fun and educational event that helped to promote cultural understanding and diversity.

"The college wishes everyone a happy Diwali!"