Hindu Festivities Illuminate the Capital

October 29, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times


Thousands of small lanterns illuminated Trafalgar Square yesterday as the capital celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.

Diwali on the Square, a free event organised by Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, featured traditional and contemporary dance performances, sari-wearing demonstrations, Sikh martial arts workshops and food stalls.

The event culminated with the lighting of thousands of lamps across the square. The light symbolises the return of Lord Rama from exile after he defeated the evil Ravana and liberated Queen Sita.