London's Trafalgar Square Transformed by Diwali Celebration

October 17, 2005

Source: WebIndia123/ANI

On October 17, 2005 Asian News International reported, "London's famous Trafalgar Square was transformed over the weekend to enable all Hindus based in the British capital to celebrate the 'Festival of Lights' Diwali. On Sunday, crowds gathered at Trafalgar Square to watch dancers perform and visited stalls set up to give out information on the festival. During Diwali, houses, shops and public places are decorated with lights, including mustard oil filled earthen lamps called Diyas... The festival, which usually lasts for five days, celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. In Britain, the festival is a time for spring-cleaning the home and for wearing new clothes and most importantly, decorating buildings with fancy lights."