Goodmayes children bring Hindu festival’s story of good versus evil to life

14:30 18 October 2016

Goodmayes Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Ilford. Hindu community stage Dessehra Festival.

Goodmayes Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Ilford. Hindu community stage Dessehra Festival.

Melissa Page

Talented youngsters retold one of Hinduism’s most ancient stories at the weekend.

On Saturday, the men and women of Goodmayes Cricket Club (GCC) organised their neighbourhood’s first ever Dussehra festival celebrations at Goodmayes Methodist Church in Percy Road.

The timeless festival, also known as Vijayadashmi, is one of the most important festival celebrations in the Hindu calendar.

It is a religious occasion celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm by families and is a time to bring communities together.

Marking the triumph of a noble Hindu warrior over a powerful demon, Dussehra has been celebrated across the world for thousands of years.

On Saturday, 25 children came together to perform Ram Lila, the ancient play depicting the story of good triumphing over evil, while other cultural activities on offer included classical dances, raffle games and awards for the audience.

Jatin Nigam, who helped organised the night’s celebrations, told the Recorder: “It was a fantastic evening, everyone had a lot of fun and the whole community came together to celebrate Dussehra, which is what it is all about.

“Everyone that helped out deserves a thank you - it couldn’t have happened without them.”


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