Hundreds enjoy 'wonderful' Diwali celebration in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 11:27 06 November 2019 | UPDATED: 11:27 06 November 2019

Vibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICC

Vibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICC

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Hundreds of people enjoyed a "wonderful" evening of performances and dancing as part of celebrations for a Hindu festival in Welwyn Garden City.

Vibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICCVibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICC

The event at Ludwick Family Club was attended by Vibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) members, as well as Welwyn Hatfield mayor Roger Trigg, and involved children's performances, a dinner and dancing.

Diwali is one of the most popular Hindu festivals - celebrated to honour Lord Rama, the seventh avatar and incarnation of the god Vishnu - and symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness.

Vibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICCVibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICC

Revellers adorn themselves in their finest clothes, illuminate their homes with lamps, light fireworks, enjoy feasts, and worship Lakshmi - the goddess of prosperity.

Borough councillor Pankit Shah hailed the "wonderful" event, during which the mayor was presented with traditional Indian lamps, sweets and flowers. Nearly £400 was also raised for a children's charity.

Vibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICCVibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICC

Vibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICCVibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICC

Vibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICCVibrant Indian Culture Committee (VICC) celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: VICC

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