More than 500 celebrate Diwali at Townley Grammar School
PUBLISHED: 14:55 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:55 09 November 2016
The festival is one of the most important in the Hindu calendar
More than 500 residents gathered at Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath last month to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali.
Mayor of Bexley Eileen Pallen gave an opening speech at the October 29 event, which is known as the festival of lights and symbolises the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
The speech was followed by a ritual in honour of Hindu god Hanuman and a play prepared by 30 children who attend weekly Moral Values classes run by organisers Soor Seva and Satsang.
Event organiser Bhaven Pathak said: “It was really encouraging to see such a high turnout. There is a real sense of community belonging developing now, with a growing number of residents participating and benefiting from these events.
“Children from our Moral Values classes have worked very hard over the past few months to prepare for the play. I was delighted that they gave an excellent performance in front such a large audience.
“All of this has only been possible due to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers. We hope to continue promoting integration and community cohesion.”