NICOLA Sturgeon has urged those celebrating Diwali to do so in a "different way" on the eve of the religious festival. 

One of the major dates on the calendar for Glasgow's Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jain community, the five-day event begins on Saturday and would usually see families coming together. 

However, due to the current restrictions in the city - with household meetings continuing to be banned - observers will have to enjoy the festival of lights very differently this year. 

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Speaking during her daily briefing, Ms Stugeon said: "I am very aware that the next five days are a time of great significance for Scotland's Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jain communities. This will be a very different Diwali from those that you are used to.

"Communities won't be able to come together as they normally would and see friends and family as they usually would.

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"You'll need to celebrate in a different way, perhaps by using technology, or within guidelines in your place of worship.

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"I know how difficult that will be and given we talk a lot about Christmas but less about these other celebrations that are very important, it's important to recognise the difficulty many are facing at this time.

"I hope you have a very special time even in these tough circumstances. Thank you for celebrating in a way that keeps you safe."