Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:52:37 GMT

Diwali celebrated with gusto in UK

From H S Rao
London, Nov 13 (PTI) Diwali, the "festival of lights", was today celebrated across the UK by the Indian community with much fervour and gaiety.

Lamps are lit to symbolise the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, fireworks are let off, and families shared sweets as part of the celebrations.

For the Hindus, it is one of the most significant festivals of the year, signalling the start of the new year and is a chance to offer thanks to the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.

Considered a lucky time of the year to buy gold, prices for the precious metal are pushed higher around this time as large number of people make use of the auspicious festival.

Small earthenware lamps are lit to, windows and doors flung open and houses are cleaned to make Lakshmi feel welcome in their homes.

The Labour Party in Britain held a Diwali celebration at its headquarters in central London last night where Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor of Exchequer spoke about the message of Diwali such as "family, fellowship and friendship which are dearer to our heart".

Chukka Umuna, MP, Shadow Business Secretary, said, "it is good thing that there is huge growth in India which has helped to lift millions of people above the poverty line".

Seema Malhotra, MP said "We believe in the relationship between the party and the community.

Sadiq Khan, MP, Keith Vaz, MP Stephen Pound, MP and Barry Gardiner, MP also attended the celebration.

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