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Brown celebrated Diwali Rituals at 10 Downing Street

Saturday, October 17, 2009,12:39 [IST]

London, Oct 17: After the ‘first’ Diwali in White House, the festival lit up 10, Downing Street for the first time too amid chanting of Vedic prayers for world peace, with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown terming it a “historic event”.

Speaking to the gathering in the Pillared Room of his official residence on Friday, Oct 17 night, Prime Minister Gordan Brown said, “This is a great day for Downing Street, a great day for us and a great day for Britain to celebrate Diwali for the first time in Downing Street. This is a historic event.” a beaming Brown told a packed gathering in the Pillared Room of his official residence last evening after formally lighting the lamp.

Much like the Oct 14 ceremony at the White House in which US president, Barack Obama lit the traditional ‘diya’ or lamp and spoke about the festival’s significance, the UK event too saw Vedic Mantras seeking world peace.

Donning a garland, Gordon Brown thanked the British Indian community for the contribution they have made to the country along adding that he looks forward to host a Diwali celebration every year.

Thanking the Indian comunity for their cultural and economic contribution to British life, Brown said he looked forward to holding a Diwali reception every year.

The Prime Minister was presented with a garland and a model of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, popularly known as the Neasden Temple, in north London.

The new Indian High Commissioner Nalin Surie, NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul, NRI entrepreneur Sir Gulam Noon, hotelier Joginder Sangar, former minister Keith Vaz and and other noted Indian artists and dignitaries were among those present on the occasion.

Earlier Brown said in a message: “as people come together for the beginning of Diwali, the festival of lights, we all have the opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed, and to face the future with renewed hope – as the story of Rama and Sita and how good betters evil is brought alive once again”.

Indians abroad celebrate Diwali

PTI 18 October 2009, 02:25am ISTPakistan Hindu Festival

WASHINGTON: Thousands of miles away from their homes, Indians settled abroad on Saturday celebrated the festival of lights Diwali with fervour and gaiety amid bursting of crackers and lighting of lamps. People decorated their homes with traditional lamps and lights while many of them went on a vacation to celebrate the festival of lights as it fell on a weekend this time. The Indian Missions in the US too organised various functions to celebrate the festival.

In London, Diwali was celebrated for the first time at the 10, Downing Street, amid chanting of Vedic prayers for world peace, with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown terming it a “historic event”.

“This is a great day for Downing Street, a great day for us and a great day for Britain to celebrate Diwali for the first time in Downing Street. This is a historic event,” a beaming Brown told the gathering.

3iSri Lankan Tamils marked the festival with President Mahinda Rajapaksa promising the beginning of a new era where their sufferings “will be a thing of the past” and they would be able to return to their homes in the war-torn north, adding “the light of goodwill will dispel the darkness of terror in our land”.

People clad in new attire thronged temples and distributed sweets among their community members and friends while children burst fire crackers. According to Hindu belief, Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom after 14 years of exile.

The entire Nepal is in festival mood of Diwali, the five day long Hindu festival, which kicked off yesterday with the worshipping of crow. Then comes the worshipping of Dog on Kukur Tihar which falls today after which Laxmi Puja or worshipping of Goddess of Wealth takes place.

8iIndians from all walks of life greeted each other in the UAE, exchanged gifts and joined festivities on the occasion of Diwali across the Gulf region even as Indian embassies remained closed and telecom companies offered reduced tariff for those wishing to call friends and relatives in India.

Aarti Shanbag, a 27-year-old resident of Dubai, said besides crackers, which is sorely missed by Indians here, it is as joyous as the Diwali of home. “Otherwise it is the same festivity as we used to have in India. The idea is to go out, meet up with people and have fun. We do all that.”

Ethnic Indians celebrated Diwali with the prime minister Najib Razak, who is championing the 1Malayisa concept in this multi-ethnic country, joining the festival of lights celebrations along with other leaders, many non-Hindus.

4iMalaysia has a unique “open house” tradition, where all festivals are celebrated by individuals and politicians by opening their house to people of all faith to attend the festivities.

Hindu temples across the country were packed with devotees. Diwali is a public holiday in this multi-religious country. A open house organised by Malaysia’s largest ethnic Indian political party, Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), today was attended by Najib, his wife Rosmah Mansor as well as Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin.

In Pakistan the Hindus celebrated Diwali in the towns of Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Hayderabad and other places amid the present war like situation in the country due to Taliban and State straight fight in various sectors.  Though the Hindu and other minorities are subject to severe11i persecution there, the jubilant Hindus in Deepavali feast and lighting decors hope the end of talibani terrorism in Pakistan as this Diwali celebration signifies the win of good over the evil spirit. At the India-Pakistan Wagah Border, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Commander H S Dhillon (R) presented a basket of sweets and fruits to Pakistani Rangers Wing Commander Akbar Butt (C) on Diwali as a Happy Diwali Wish.

All the Celebration pictures of Diwali in Pakistan above are taken from the media gallery of Dawn. pic-1 Lahore, pic-2Karachi, pic-3 Multan, pic-4 Karachi, pic-5 Hyderabad. 

Courtsey ; Dawn, Hindustan Times, MSN, News Express, Bengal Newz.

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17 Oct : Woman lights candle at Dipaboli festival marking Shyama Puja (Kali Puja) at Dhakeshwari National Temple in Dhaka on Saturday. Photo : Firoz Ahmed

updated & posted  by  upanada.

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