Chester welcomes the festival of Diwali parade

18 October 2016

The festival of Diwali parade returns to Chester city centre on Saturday 29 October.

The Sanjhi Indian Association, celebrate the Hindu festival of lights each year in Chester supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The colourful parade leaves the Town Hall Square at 12pm making its way to Eastgate Street for a display of traditional Indian dancing at 12.30pm.

Free workshops including Rangoli Diwali art cards, Diya Indian candles, Henna hand painting and Indian face painting takes place from 2pm – 3pm at the Unity Centre in Cuppin Street where there will also be Indian food available from £3.

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Angela Claydon said: “There will be a sea of colour when the Diwali Festival returns to Chester. The music, dancing and colour is guaranteed to brighten the day.

“The festival continues to grows each year, I’d like to welcome the Preston Band Baja UK, Sai Mayur dance and Namaste India dance and also thank the Sanjhi volunteers, RK Sweets and the Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Race & Equality Centre for their continuing support.

“It’s great fun for all the family to enjoy and I would encourage everyone to join me to welcome the Festival of Diwali Parade in Chester.”

Sarika Kaushik, Chairperson of Sanjhi Indian Association said: “Diwali is truly an Indian festival that cuts across religions and different beliefs.
“Diwali is an international festival celebrated across the world. The parade is now a well-established annual event in Chester. Our dancers have been rehearsing for many months and love to see the amazing response of the audience” 

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