NAVRA­TRI NIGHTS: Mayor joins in Hindu cel­e­bra­tion

Navra­tri fes­ti­val marked for 9 nights

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

HILLING­DON Mayor Ge­orge Cooper and wife Ju­dith were guests of hon­our at a Navra­tri cel­e­bra­tion in Hayes.

Navra­tri is a fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to the Hindu de­ity Durga, and is cel­e­brated for nine nights.

The mayor and may­oress were in­vited to the Nav­nat Cen­tre in Print­ing House Lane, Hayes to watch peo­ple of all ages tak­ing part in tra­di­tional dances and per­form­ing a prayer (known as Aarti).

Live mu­sic was pro­vided as well as food and re­fresh­ment stalls, and the cen­tre saw more than 500 peo­ple tak­ing part in the cel­e­bra­tions at its peak.

Mamta To­lia, speak­ing for the Nav­nat As­so­ci­a­tion, said it was a “truly lively at­mos­phere”.

She added: “We we were de­lighted and hon­oured to have Hon­ourable MP John Mcdon­nell and the Mayor and May­oress of Hilling­don at­tend the evening of the 16th Oc­to­ber and join us in our cel­e­bra­tion.”

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