Hindu Forum of Europe marks Diwali at European Parliament


Delegates from Italy, Britain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Luxembourg and Spain attended the event.

The Hindu Forum of Europe hosted Diwali at the European Parliament in Brussels recently, attended by delegates from Italy, Britain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Luxembourg and Spain. The event began with welcome address by President of HFE Dr Lakshmi Vyas, lighting of the lamp and shanti paath by Krishna Krupa Dasa.

Ambassador of India Santosh Jha at HFE Diwali

During the two-hour event, President of India Delegation MEP Morten Lokkegaard, Ambassador of India to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union Santosh Jha, Ambassador of Nepal to Belgium, the Netherlands & Luxembourg Gajendra Rajbhandari, MEP Maxette Pirbakas, HFE spiritual advisors Swami Amarananda and Swami Rameshwarananda Giri, Kishan Manocha from ODIHR (Office of the Democratic Institution & Human Rights), BK Sister Jaymini Patel have all spoken on the significance of Diwali celebrations. The dignitaries were presented with beautiful shawls.

MEP Morten Lokkegaard at HFE Diwali

The event was also focussed on cultural significance which promoted classical dance performers who mesmerised the attendees with gracious and lovely performances. Invocation through classical dance was presented by Ragasudha Vinjamuri, followed by dances of Devhita Mondal, Aradhya Golcha, Mahika Golcha & Naisha Singhvi.

The event concluded with vegetarian dinner.

Invocation by Ragasudha Vinjamuri at HFE Diwali event
Kishen Manocha of ODHIR at HFE Diwali
MEP Maxette Pirbakas at HFE Diwali
Ambassador of Nepal Gajendra Rajbhandari at HFE Diwali
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