Redbridge Sewa wrap up women for Diwali

PUBLISHED: 09:34 18 October 2016

Volunteers from Redbridge: Vijay Bhanaut, Vinod Gupta, Kishore Rajput and Ramesh Chand. Picture Ravi Bhanot.

Volunteers from Redbridge: Vijay Bhanaut, Vinod Gupta, Kishore Rajput and Ramesh Chand. Picture Ravi Bhanot.


More than 500 women were wrapped in saris by volunteers to experience “Indian culture”.

Crowds at Trafalgar Square. Picture Ravi Bhanot Crowds at Trafalgar Square. Picture Ravi Bhanot

As part of Diwali celebrations, the largest religious and cultural event for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, Redbridge Sewa dressed tourists at Trafalgar Square and raised £500 for the Mayor of London’s Charity Appeal.

Ravi Bhanot, of Green Lane, Ilford, who is on the organising Diwali in London Committee said Diwali is for everyone.

“London is the capital of the world in many senses and we want Londoners and tourist to experience the spiritual and cultural aspects of Diwali,” he said.

“What better way of experiencing Indian culture for women than to try wearing a sari and dancing in a Garba Indian dance.

Ravi Bhanot and Sushma Bhanot running a yoga class. Ravi Bhanot and Sushma Bhanot running a yoga class.

“We are very fortunate we live in Redbridge, we have a number of people who enjoy volunteering and other than the sari stand our volunteers helped run the yoga and meditation stall too.”

Mr Bhanot said he looks forward to making the event even better next year.

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