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Group Dance during Diwali celebration

Berkeley Homes, assisted by members of the local Indian community of Kidbrooke village in Greenwich, hosted its first-ever Diwali celebration at the Kidbrooke Village Hall recently…reports Asian Lite News

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Local Community and Police Participation

Berkeley Homes, assisted by members of the local Indian community of Kidbrooke village in Greenwich, hosted its first-ever Diwali celebration at the Kidbrooke Village Hall recently. Garlands of flowers, glittering lights, traditional Indian attires and colourful lamps created a truly festive atmosphere. Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Mick Hayes and his wife Gillian inaugurated the evening, wished everyone a happy Diwali, and talked further about the importance of celebrating the rich heritage and diversity of the society.

A play by young children enacting the “Ram Leela,” the story of struggles and triumphs of Lord Ram and his wife Sita that end in the celebration of Diwali was presented. This ancient play, which enacts the legendary battle between good and evil, is performed all over India at this time of year and has been inscribed by UNESCO, on “The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

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Ramlila RamArmi during Diwali celebration

Bollywood dance was performed by Nakshatra School of Dance and got everyone tapping their feet. The audience participated with enthusiasm and sounds of merriment filled the hall. The Indian Whistle provided delicious home-made curries and snacks. Festive market stalls including Suhani Decorations added to the ambiance. The Children’s Air Ambulance had vintage jewelry and charming bric-a-brac. Chitra Hegde had children clamouring to paint their hands with Henna and Kavita from Paalaguttapalle Bags, an organisation that practices fair trade, showcased bags made by artisan women entrepreneurs from the remote village in Andhra Pradesh, India.

It was the first of its kind event in a community that is still growing in the area.

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