Lights & Lamps in the Woods

One dark autumn night I took my daughter along to Robin Hill on the opening of their Electric Woods events, this time celebrating Diwali.

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘rows of lighted lamps’ so it was fitting that Robin Hill has recently decorated it’s gorgeous woods and gardens in lights to celebrate the Asian festival of Diwali.

In Asian countries Hindus, along with Jains and Sikhs, decorate their homes and towns with small oil lamps called diyas, enjoy feasts of delicious curries and Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is worshipped as the bringer of blessings for the new year. It is really like a harvest festival, always celebrated around autumn, and also celebrates good over evil, light over dark.

My daughter and I certainly got a flavour of Diwali that night when we first arrived as we walked past pictures of Indian gods, and then into the darkness where we followed arrows leading us down colourfully lit trails and displays, while Asian music played. Some of the highlights included a walk around the Taj Mahal Garden, and the wonderful lamps in the beautifully lit woodland ponds.

The colourfully lit elephant makes a great photo and younger children will be entertained in the Neon Jungle play area, or running about in the Holi powder arena. My daughter and I also enjoyed a scramble around the newly constructed Jungle Heights area - where we scrambled around a maze of rooms and tunnels made of super-strong netting, while smoke and lights added to the atmosphere.

We ended out evening with an entertaining hour watching a new light show called The Electro-Light Circus, that consisted of energetic dancers doing synchronised dances while wearing LED suits and throwing electrically lit diablos into the dark night sky. A totally awesome event which was well worth going for.

Philip Bell Author Photo by Chris Cowley

25 October 2018

By Philip Bell in The locals' blogs

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