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Sights, sounds and flavours of Diwali radiate from MDX for celebration of Festival of Lights

09/11/2023
The Quad was filled with the sights, sounds and flavours of the Hindu festival of lights as 200 guests gathered for Barnet’s official celebration

Dancers from Devi Narthanaalaya School of Dance

Dancers from Devi Narthanaalaya School of Dance perform at the Diwali celebration

Spellbinding dancers, incredible drummers and tantalising food provided the spark as was lit up in honour of Diwali.

The Quad was filled with the sights, sounds and flavours of the Hindu festival of lights as 200 guests gathered for the borough’s official celebration yesterday evening.

Professor Sean Wellington, Interim Vice-Chancellor of , opened the proceedings and led the lighting of a ceremonial Diwa lamp while young people from the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha temple sang verses for prayers of peace.

"We’re extremely proud of the work we do with local faith groups." Professor Sean Wellington, Interim Vice-Chancellor

Professor Wellington said: “Our role in the local community is incredibly important to us, and we support wherever we can.

“We’re extremely proud of the work we do with local faith groups and Barnet Multi Faith Forum to share learning and to promote community cohesion and inclusion.”

Guests were treated to the spectacular sound of dhol drumming as they arrived at the Quad, which had been dressed for the event.

A total of six dance acts performed at the commemoration and guests, including the High Commissioner of Bangladesh Her Excellency Saida Muna Tasneem and Mayor of Barnet Councillor Nagus Narenthira, enjoyed a delicious Diwali dinner.

A dohl drummer performs at the Diwali celebration

A dohl drummer performs at the Diwali celebration 

The Edgware Dance Group led by Varsha Patel

The Edgware Dance Group led by Varsha Patel

Guests enjoy the buffet Diwali dinnerGuests enjoy the buffet Diwali dinner 

Para Meisheri, of the Jain Network, Esmond Rosen, President of the Barnet Multi Faith Forum, Professor Sean Wellington, Vice-Chancellor of  High Commissioner of Bangladesh Her Excellency Saida Muna Tasneem, Mayor of Barnet Councillor Nagus Narenthira and Vishnu Gurung, from the Nepalese CommunityParas Meisheri, of the Jain Network, Esmond Rosen, President of the Barnet Multi Faith Forum, Professor Sean Wellington, Vice-Chancellor of , High Commissioner of Bangladesh Her Excellency Saida Muna Tasneem, Mayor of Barnet Councillor Nagus Narenthira and Vishnu Gurung, from the Nepalese Community

, helped Professor Wellington, the High Commissioner and the Mayor light the Diwa lamp and gave a speech.

Speakers reflected on the importance of inter-faith understanding and collaboration.

The event was a collaboration between the university, London Borough of Barnet, Barnet Asian Women’s Association, Barnet Multi Faith Forum, and Inter Faith Network.

It comes after MDX held an interfaith celebration of Ramadan with the Big Iftar.

Councillor Zahra Beg, Barnet Council’s Cabinet Member for Equalities, Voluntary & Community Sector, said: “Diwali, or the festival of lights, signifies peace and joy, the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness every day.

“We’re so lucky in Barnet to have such wonderfully diverse and multicultural communities that make celebrating occasions like Diwali so special and integral to our culture.”

Nepalese solo dancer Aashirya Sitalu Nepalese solo dancer Aashirya Sitalu

Solo dancer Prapti Debsarkar Solo dancer Prapti Debsarkar

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