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Community to show its inner light during this weekend’s Diwali

Community, safety and emergencies

14 October 2022

Giant lanterns depicting Indian Gods and an Elephant lighting up a night-time procession through Northampton for Diwali.

Large crowds are expected in Northampton town centre this Saturday as the community comes together to celebrate India’s biggest festival.

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs and between 10am and 8pm Saturday, 15 October there will be a procession, food, music and speeches around the Market Square and town centre.

For the 22nd year running Northampton’s Indian, Hindu Welfare Organisation (IHWO) will host the day of events, culminating in the switching on of the Diwali lights followed by music and dancing.

The IHWO are supported in the event by West Northants Council (WNC), Northampton Town Council, Northampton Town Centre BID, Inspiration FM and Festive Road, an art company which was commissioned to work with schools and Upton elderly residents to make lanterns for the festival.

“One of West Northamptonshire’s strengths is that it is a crossroads for the nation and the world. That gives us a diversity which brings new ideas and a drive to make things better.

"I’m very pleased that this council can proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the Indian members of our community and take a moment to share what makes their culture special and our community stronger."
Cllr David Smith, WNC’s Cabinet Member for community safety and engagement, and regulatory services.
“Over the decades I’ve seen Diwali celebrations in Northampton grow into a popular and energetic event, a highlight on the calendar for people from all walks of life.

"But what pleases me most is seeing the faces of people who join us for the first time and the joy they experience at the colourful and happy sight. Everyone is welcome and I hope to see more people than ever this year dancing to music and enjoying the festival."
Neelam Aggarwal-Singh MBE DL JP, chairperson for the IHWO.

Stalls selling Indian food, sweets and drinks open at 10am in the Market Square along with a range of games, arts and crafts, henna painting, saree dressing and displays from the Indian community.

The main festivities get under way at 4pm with a welcome from dignitaries and a candle lighting ceremony followed by a procession around the town centre with Diwali lanterns at 6pm.

Between 7pm and 8pm the Raj Tilak – welcoming back of Lord Ram - will feature short speeches by dignitaries followed by the switching on of the lights to mark the celebration of Diwali.

For more information visit the IHWO website.

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