go

Hundreds gather to celebrate Diwali in Newbury

Tickets for event at racecourse sold out in just half an hour

Dan Cooper

Reporter:

Dan Cooper

Contact:

01635 886632

Hundreds gather to celebrate Diwali in Newbury

HUNDREDS of people gathered to dance, sing and eat to celebrate Diwali at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday.

Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights – takes place every autumn.

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning ‘rows of lighted lamps’ and signifies the victory of light over darkness.

Mega Diwali 2016 featured lamp lighting, cultural and Bollywood dance performances and music, followed by a four-course Indian buffet dinner and Bollywood disco.

The West Berkshire Indian Society, a voluntary community organisation that aims to keep the Indian community of West Berkshire in touch with their cultural heritage, organised the event for the eighth year running.

Fahiman Saujani, on behalf of the society, said: “Once again, the response was incredible and it was a record-breaking year.

“All tickets sold out in 30 minutes, which we couldn’t believe.

“The problem we have now is that we can’t find a venue big enough to meet demand.

“The racecourse can hold up to 600 people, but we had almost 300 people on the waiting list this year.

“It was a fantastic night, everyone enjoyed themselves.”

Guests included Newbury MP Richard Benyon and Newbury mayor Julian Swift-Hook.

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Newbury Weekly News

Characters left: 1000

News

Parliamentary approval for pub chef
News

Parliamentary approval for pub chef

The Bladebone owner and chef is in the running for an award

 
Rural home needed for bouncy Belleek
News

Rural home needed for bouncy Belleek

Sweet-natured Belleek is desperate to find active owners

 
News

Drinkers' dozen makes it into Camra guide

 
News

Boundary Road to close from 6pm tonight

 
News

Drug dealer caught in Newbury jailed