Happy Diwali

Tomorrow is the major Hindu festival of Diwali, the festival of lights. For most Hindus, the day is the third day of a five-day celebration, celebrating the victory of light over darkness and of knowledge over ignorance. The highlight for many is the Lakshmi Puja, a festival to the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, although other gods may also be honoured.

People celebrate by lighting lamps and putting up decorations, setting off fireworks, visiting family, giving gifts, and eating special sweets.

Diwali Lamps and Rangoli
Diwali Lamps and Rangoli

The time of Diwali is also sacred for Sikhs, who celebrate the day as Bandi Chhor Divas, the “Day of Liberation”. On this day, the Sikh Guru Hargobind was released from prison by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar
Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar

Camden Libraries – Update

A statement from Camden Council regarding their libraries:

Following the new national restrictions in place from 5 November, Camden libraries are pleased to confirm a number of services will remain open in lockdown. Service updates include:

  • Computer access: computers can be accessed on a first come first serve basis. Sessions are limited to 1 hour per day. Printing, scanning and photocopying available. Services will be available from Thursday 5 November at all libraries except Swiss Cottage and Highgate Libraries.
  • Highgate Library will be open from Thursday 5 November for “request and read”. Collections will be available from the foyer.
  • Swiss Cottage Librarywill close on Thursday 5 November and reopen on Monday 9 November for ‘request and read’. Collections will be from the foyer.
  • Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre: the centre will be closed to customers but resources can be accessed online.
  • Home Library Service: We will continue to deliver to housebound customers. If you, or someone you know, can’t get out and about, you may be eligible for the free home library service. Every four weeks, we will bring reading, music and films to your home. Email homelibraryservice@camden.gov.uk
  • Adult community learning: Digital classes will continue from Kilburn Library Centre more information is available online.
  • Digital library: you can continue to visit our digital libraries which has a range of free online books, e-magazines and information resources.
  • Christmas closure: Camden Libraries will be closed over the Christmas period from Thursday 24th until the Tuesday 29th of December.

We are working to see if we can safely offer more services over the next few weeks and will keep this page updated. All libraries will have measures in place to keep residents and staff safe. Visitors are advised to wear a face covering in line with Government guidance, unless exempt.

Making Green Come True

With rising fuel costs and changing climate, there is more and more talk of making homes more energy efficient. But what does that mean in practice? And how will it happen?

Fuel Poverty Action are hosting a half-day online conference on Saturday 05 December to discuss various issues around “Green Housing”.