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Better late than never: Ilford Panjabi Centre celebrates a belated Diwali

PUBLISHED: 10:55 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:13 29 November 2013

President Lenber Singh Ladher, centre, with members of the Panjabi Centre celebrate Dwali, the festival of lights.

President Lenber Singh Ladher, centre, with members of the Panjabi Centre celebrate Dwali, the festival of lights.

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Hundreds of people turned out for a somewhat belated celebration of Diwali complete with the lighting of a large candelabra on Saturday.

The Panjabi Centre in Ley Street, Ilford, welcomed councillors, MPs and families through its doors for a celebration with dancing, food and prayers.

Diwali, which means row of lighted lamps, was officially celebrated on November 3 and is often known as the festival of lights as shops and houses are decorated with oil lamps.

Charanjit Singh Bhatia, the centre’s general secretary, said: “Everyone wants to celebrate so different groups do it at different times.

“It’s a peaceful, family function to promote cultural harmony. It’s very traditional.”

The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil.


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