Advertisement
Wednesday, Dec 08, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Diwali 2021: London's Trafalgar Square Decks Up As Indians Celebrate Festival Of Lights

The Diwali festivities included Indian food, music and decorations. The event included video addresses from political personalities like London Mayor Sadiq Khan among others.

Diwali 2021: London's Trafalgar Square Decks Up As Indians Celebrate Festival Of Lights
Diwali celebrations in Trafalgar Square, London | Twitter/@DiwaliLondon
Diwali 2021: London's Trafalgar Square Decks Up As Indians Celebrate Festival Of Lights
outlookindia.com
2021-10-24T10:30:36+05:30

The Indian diaspora in the United Kingdom has celebrated Diwali in London's busy Trafalgar Square on Saturday, bringing cheer and joy to Indians across the UK.

The celebrations started at 4 pm and went on till 10 pm. Images and videos on social media showed the iconic 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.

Images of the festivities went viral as several Londoners both from and outside the Indian diaspora visited the event and shared memories on the microblogging site Twitter.

Residents from the Bengali community marked the event by showcasing intricate 'alpona' (hand-painted colourful motifs) at Trafalgar Square.

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.

(With PTI inputs)

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Aung San Suu Kyi Verdict 'Disturbing' But Will It Change India's Equation With Myanmar?

Aung San Suu Kyi Verdict 'Disturbing' But Will It Change India's Equation With Myanmar?

While India has time and again appealed for rapprochement between the democratic forces and the military, it has continued to engage with the junta in Myanmar.

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

What has led to this change of heart over the past few years for the Church, long seen to be anathemic to the Sangh Parivar?

Ashes, 1st Test: Cummins Steals The Show Before Rain Plays Spoilsport On Day 1

Ashes, 1st Test: Cummins Steals The Show Before Rain Plays Spoilsport On Day 1

Pat Cummins made his captaincy bow in style with a fifer at The Gabba, helping Australia dismiss England for 147. Then rain arrived.

Why AFSPA In Jammu And Kashmir Is Not Just A Defence Act

Why AFSPA In Jammu And Kashmir Is Not Just A Defence Act

Has the AFSPA become an ideological Act, a tool to revise Kashmir history? Many analysts believe so.

Advertisement