Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford hosted his first ever Diwali celebrations at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff …. reports Asian Lite News
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford hosted his first ever Diwali celebrations at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff.
The 65-year-old Labour politician opened the festivities and gave a speech at the event which marked the high point of the Hindu spiritual year and praised the Indian community for their massive contribution to Wales, a fabulous evening of traditional Indian culture and food.
The beautiful art deco building on King Edward VII Ave was lit up for the event in the orange, white and green colours of the Indian Taranga flag, which was also raised on a flagpole inside the building.
The evening was supported by the Hon. Consul for India in Wales, Raj Aggarwal OBE, and included performances by Hare Krishna devotees, as well as the Leena Menon Dance Troup and Bhangra Duo, and an Indian feast prepared by star rated Mint & Mustard.
At the event Indian diplomat Mr Aggarwal called for a zero-tolerance approach to “criminal activity and harassment” in the UK and he commended the approach of the South Wales Constabulary in this regard.
In his speech at the event, Mr Aggarwal said: “I am also so pleased that we have zero tolerance policy to harassment and criminal activity in Wales, this helps build, maintain cohesion, relationships and harmony between communities which already exists. Thank you, chief constable Matt Jukes and your team (who was in attendance) for your immense support. “
The event at the Temple of Peace was fully subscribed and 300 people were in attendance for the night of celebration which included traditional Indian music, dancing and food.
Other dignitaries at the event included Baroness Eluned Morgan AC/AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, Counsellor Minister Shri DP Singh of the Indian High Commission. Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Morfudd Meredith, Senior officers of all the armed forces, civic dignitaries, captains of industry / business and community leaders.