Cel­e­brate Di­wali with colour­ful city cen­tre event

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Res­i­dents are in­vited to cel­e­brate Di­wali in Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre.

The an­nual cel­e­bra­tion is be­ing held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27 from 11am un­til 5pm.

Di­wali is the Hindu fes­ti­val of lights which has evolved into a global cel­e­bra­tion. It is cel­e­brated in the au­tumn dur­ing a dark new moon night, with light be­ing a metaphor for God, truth and knowl­edge.

To mark the start of the cel­e­bra­tions, a lamp will be lit by re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.

This will be the fifth year the event has been held in Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre and it will fea­ture In­dian clas­si­cal dances, Bol­ly­wood dances and stalls sell­ing In­dian food, sweets, clothes and hand­i­crafts.

There will also be en­er­getic and colour­ful per­for­mances from the Gu­jarati, Ta­mal, Tel­ugu, Kan­nada, Nepali and Ben­gali com­mu­ni­ties.

These in­clude a wide range of clas­si­cal dance and song through­out the morn­ing and evening.

Ra­jni Reddy, sec­re­tary of the Peter­bor­ough Di­wali Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee, said: “We are pro­mot­ing Di­wali at Cathe­dral Square not only as a Hindu Fes­ti­val, but a cul­tural event for the whole city, which of course, is renowned for its di­ver­sity.

“We hope ev­ery­one will come to in­ter­act with each other and en­joy the mu­sic, dance, food and shop­ping.”

To com­mem­o­rate 900 years of Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral, the Peter­bor­ough Di­wali Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee will be also be dis­tribut­ing 900 bat­tery op­er­ated mul­ti­coloured tea lights to all the vis­i­tors.

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