Better late than never: Ilford Panjabi Centre celebrates a belated Diwali
PUBLISHED: 10:55 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:13 29 November 2013
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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