School gets set to host the biggest event in the Hindu calendar

PUBLISHED: 10:29 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:49 07 October 2016

Diwali is celebrated around the world

Diwali is celebrated around the world


Youngsters will stage two special events to mark the festival

Townley Grammar School is getting ready to host a crowd of 200 people celebrating the biggest event in the Hindu calendar.

The festival of Diwali, which symbolises the victory of good over evil, is held by Hindu communities around the world, and youngsters in Bexley will mark the occasion at the end of the month.

Mayor of Bexley Eileen Pallen is due to attend the event, which is open to people from all backgrounds.

Maniv Pathak, a spokesman for the organisers, Soor Seva and Satsang, said: “Diwali is the biggest event in the Indian calendar – our equivalent of Christmas – and it provides an opportunity for people to come together.

“There will be two main events – the first is a play prepared by 30 children who attend moral classes we have established.

“It tells the story of a Hindu god who is very righteous and follows the true path. It symbolises the victory of good over evil, and that we all make sacrifices and follow the true path.

“There will also be a ritual making offerings to a fire, which is symbolic of the moral fire of truth and light – it symbolises making sacrifices to the inner fire.

“The mayor is also coming and saying a few words and giving her views about moral values.”

The celebration will take place at Townley Grammar on October 29, from 5pm to 8pm.

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