Diwali celebrations in Trafalgar Square
The festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities across London and around the world, saw the Square bursted into life with a light display, arts and crafts and a range of vegetarian food stalls open to the public.
The Diwali festivities included Indian food, music and decorations. The event included video addresses from political personalities like London Mayor Sadiq Khan among others.
The celebrations started at 4 pm and went on till 10 pm on 23rd October. Images and videos on social media showed the iconic Trafalgar square lit up with festive lights, festoons and decorations. The festivities included Asian and Indian food as well. The event included video addresses from political personalities like London Mayor Sadiq Khan among others.
The office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan organised Diwali at Trafalgar Square on Saturday to celebrate the cultural diversity of the city, Anirban Mukhopadhyay, spokesperson of Heritage Bengal Global, an association of expatriate Bengalis said.
“The event was themed on the victory of good over evil after the severe trauma caused by Covid-19 in the last one-and-a-half years,” Mukhopadhyay said.
The traditional ‘alpona’ work by Heritage Bengal Global vice president Mahua Bej was selected for being part of a collage at the centre of the square, he said.
Mukhopadhyay, who is presently in Kolkata, said that the event was a part of their endeavour to globally showcase the rich cultural heritage of West Bengal.
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