Lights, dancing, singing and great food was enjoyed by over 300 people at the Diwali celebrations held at the Hotel de France on Saturday.
PEOPLE of all faiths and beliefs were invited to take part in celebrations for the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh festival of Diwali in Jersey on Saturday (17 November). Diwali is the Festival of Lights; a celebration of the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and enlightenment over ignorance.
The evening had all the elements of a fantastic party regardless of cultural belief or background. The celebrations, which were arranged by members of the Indians in Jersey group, involved lighting diyas and candles, traditional Asian food and vibrant performances by adults and children.
“Diwali fell this year on 13 November and was celebrated across the world. It was fantastic to share the celebrations with the local Jersey community for another successful consecutive year. Diwali marks new beginnings and provides optimism for the future, so it’s a great time to share with the whole community and there was fun for all the family.” said Vinod Rajput, committee member.
The event was sponsored by Ernst & Young, Infrasoft Technologies, Airtel Vodafone and Minerva Trust Jersey.
“It was an honour to be a sponsor to an event that celebrated cultural diversity and inclusiveness within our local community. At Ernst & Young in the Channel Islands alone we have people from many nationalities. As our clients increasingly demand cross jurisdiction teams to be deployed, the importance of cultural diversity and awareness continues to grow. Our sponsorship is just a small way of embracing it here in the Channel Islands” said Andrew Dann, Ernst & Young’s Channel Islands Managing Partner
The event took place at the Hotel de France on Saturday, 17 November from 6.00pm to 11pm. The organising committee comprising Vinod Rajput, Vishal Dattani, Dr Chandra, Roop Batra and Vikrant Jain were all delighted to welcome over 300 people from different cultural background and age groups.
There was also a charity raffle for Island Friends Together, which supports Children’s Homes and Schools in Sri Lanka and South India that raised £1,112.50.