British Asia News Network
London, Trafalgar Square, November 03rd: Diwali isn’t over, even one week after the main day. Thousands of people came out yesterday and collected at Trafalgar Square to celebrate the festival with great pomp and show. The place looked beautiful, featuring a treasure of Indian arts, crafts, culture, food and entertainment and interactive workshops for all ages.
The festivities began at about 12 pm with a grand Annakut dance performance by over 220 participants. Mayor Sadiq Khan addressed the crowds at about 2 pm and said, “Diwali celebrations are truly a highlight of the year. It was incredible to see Londoners from all backgrounds and faiths at Trafalgar Square today, celebrating this magical festival and sharing Diwali’s central message of peace and mutual respect.”
People from all across the UK performed dances from different states, signifying that Diwali is not a festival for northern India alone, but is celebrated by people from all across India. It was actually from Lanka that Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya, therefore travelling all the way from south and thus people understand the significance of the festival.
British Asia News got an exclusive chance to speak to Mr.Mailesh who chaired the event this year. On speaking with him he told us how difficult it gets to say no to everyone who comes forward to participate, as only a limited number can be taken on stage. All in all it took over 10 months to prepare for this event and one must congratulate each and every person who came forward. We also spotted Dimps Sanghani who was co-ordinating media for the event.
Diwali is incomplete without food and culture and there were food stalls of all regions for the people of UK. “We are not missing home today as we have got the whole essence of Diwali at one place”, said Arun. Who was there to celebrate with his wife. As usual, the committee delivered a successful event and we look forward to Diwali again next year. Please watch our videos and photographs taken exclusively from the event.
Excellent lovely write up and very nice picture of the function held at London, Trafalgar Square
You guys are doing excellent work to promote Asia culture
Very well done pls keep up the good work the whole team