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Thumbs up Happy DIWALI Celebrations!

heh, heh......HAPPY DIWALI to all BWOT who celebrate the festival of Diwali! heh, heh.............I'll be the one wondering around in a yellow turban and 'Serengeti' shades!


12pm – 8pm, 28th October 2007


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Londoners are invited to get involved with spectacular Diwali celebrations in the heart of London at Diwali in the Square, bringing Diwali to Trafalgar Square in an extravagant cultural event.

The Festival of Light
Diwali in the Square will transform Trafalgar Square with vibrant Diwali celebrations, including traditional light displays, floating lanterns and colourful Diwali decorations. Open to all, the event promises to light up Trafalgar Square in traditional Indian style.

Music and dance
As well as light and decoration a full programme of performances will feature at Diwali in the Square, including a mixture of traditional and contemporary music and dance. Highlights include the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, thousands of mini lanterns being lit to herald the Golden Era of peace and non violence, and dance from Shri Academy of Dance, the Sapnay Dance School, Explosive Dhol'n'Dance and the Sujata Banerjee Kathak School among others. Alongside the dancing, there will also be a chance to watch some amazing Sikh martial arts as the Academy of Punjabi Heritage show off their skills.

Special activites at Diwali in the Square
There will be a number of special activities for both kids and fanilies to take part in this year, with sari wearing demonstrations, a fancy dress parade and a chance to sample some delicious Indian cuisine. Kids can get crafty with a special activity corner and everyone can get painted with henna.

Prayers and peace in London
With Diwali having strong religious significance for a cross section of Londoners, prayers for peace and other special messages will be shared by crowds present at the event. The crowds will be out in force to join the festivities in traditional style, celebrating the triumph of good and renewal of life. The day will finish with thousands of lamps being lit all over the square, as the light symbolises the arrival of Lord Rama as he liberates Queen Sita and quashes the evil Ravana.

Diwali in the Square takes place at Trafalgar Square on Sunday 28th October 2007 from 12pm – 8pm. The event is free to attend.

Diwali on the Square
Trafalgar Square
Sunday 28 October 2007
12 noon - 8pm

Trafalgar Square will host celebrations to mark Diwali, the Festival of Light, on Sunday 28 October 2007. Organised by the Mayor of London and the Diwali in London Committee in association with Tilda, the celebrations will see the square transformed by magical light displays, floating lanterns, and music and dance performances.
Diwali on the Square is a wonderful day for all the family. The celebrations start at noon with traditional Indian garba folk dancing plus sari wearing demonstrations. This will be followed by the stage show at 3.30pm with messages and prayers for peace, cultural performances by children and young people, music and dance. In addition there will be many stalls open from noon with tasty vegetarian food, children's crafts corner, Diwali exhibition, henna painting and much more.
The stage show has the following themes:
  • Music and Dance from states of India including classical Bharata Natyam dances, folk dances, a fisherwoman’s dance, a Holi dance, a Jain dance and Bhangra.
  • Symbols of India including peacock dance, lotus dance, snake dance and dances commemorating India’s 60 years of independence.
  • Welcoming Lord Rama and Diwali celebrations will recreate the arrival of Lord Rama, with high energy dances, culminating in thousands of mini-lamps being lit on the Square to herald the Golden Era of peace and non-violence.
Amongst those participating are: Academy of Punjabi Heritage; Angel Dance School; Apsara Dancers; B4U; BAPS Swaminarayan School; Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University; Explosive Dhol 'n Dance, Manchester; Francis Cardoso and Co.; Ishira; ISKCON; Oshwal Association of UK; Pandit Dinesh; Sai School of Harrow; Sapnay School of Dance; Karma from Imperial College; Shamaa and Friends; Shree Kutch Patel Leva Community; Shri Academy of Dance; Sujata Banerjee Kathak School and Sunrise Radio
Diwali on the Square in association with Tilda Pure Basmati is also supported by Transport for London, Metropolitan Police Service, India Tourism, B4U and Sunrise Radio.
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I think it is time for a tall glass of "who gives a shit"
heh, heh........evidently, you did! heh, heh........
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