Diwali Festival of Light returns to Peterborough city centre

Celebrate the ancient Hindu festival of Diwali with prayer, dance, music, song and lights in Peterborough's Cathedral Square.

Watch on as the city centre is transformed with activities and exhibitions that reflect Diwali, the festival of light, on Saturday 31 October 2015 from 10.30am to 6pm.

Peterborough's Indian, Nepali and Sri Lankan communities have come together in celebration in the Cathedral Square for the last two years.

Shoppers will be encouraged to sample Indian food and learn about the origins of the festival and its traditions.

The Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor John Peach, North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara and Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson MP, will inaugurate proceedings at 11am.

The Leader of Peterborough City Council, Councillor John Holdich, will switch on the Diwali lights at 5.30pm.

This year's event programme contains:

  • 10.30am – Dhol music
  • 11am – Inauguration by the Mayor of Peterborough
  • 11.30am – Prayer dance by Gayathri
  • 11.50am – Bollywood dance by children from the Gujarati community
  • 12pm – Tamil community
  • 1pm – Play by Neha and team
  • 1.15pm – Bengali community
  • 1.30pm – Telugu community
  • 1.45pm – Nepali community
  • 2.30pm – Gayathri dance group
  • 3pm – Bhangra artists dance
  • 3.45pm – Daman community
  • 4pm – Gujarati community
  • 4.30pm - Showcase of performers from the day
  • 4.45pm – Zombie and Diwali fusion performance
  • 5.30pm - Councillor John Holdich will switch on the Diwali lights

Traditional dancing on the Guildhall stage

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications for Peterborough City Council, said: "Peterborough is a proudly diverse city that is home to people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds and we are pleased to again support the Diwali festival. It is great news that the Diwali committee has decided to return to Cathedral Square for a third consecutive year to put on what promises to be a fantastic festival.

"For the last two years the events were a true spectacle of sights, colours and sounds. All Peterborough's residents are invited to come along, sample the food on offer and learn a little more about Hinduism."

Mr Ratilal Joshi, chair of the Peterborough Diwali committee, added: "The Peterborough Diwali festival committee is delighted to organise Diwali celebrations again to portray the culture, traditions, costumes and food. Most of all let us all unite. We light our souls to eradicate ignorance, jealousy and build bridges amongst ourselves, forget the past year and mark a new beginning."

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