Northampton to celebrate Diwali with dancing and lights

Dancers have been practising their moves in preparation for this year's Diwali celebrations taking place this weekend.

Friday, 28th October 2016, 2:29 pm
Updated Monday, 31st October 2016, 9:52 am
Northampton market square. Diwali parade through the town centre.

Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, will be marked with a colourful procession and family friendly activities.

Northampton Borough Council has been working in partnership with the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation and Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire’s School of Life to celebrate the festival with the free community event during half term.

A community workshop, Strictly Dance Diwali, has been held in the Guildhall with drop-in sessions teaching a Bhangra/Bollywood-style dance and a Dandia stick dance.

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The routines have been getting children and adults in the mood for the energetic dances during the Diwali celebrations taking place on the Market Square in Northampton.

Cabinet member for community engagement, Cllr Anna King, said: “It’s been great working together on the activities for Diwali. The free dance workshops, music and procession were not only fun half-term activities for all of the family, but have also provided colourful and lively ways for communities to come together to celebrate the festival of light in Northampton.”

The Diwali celebration on the Market Square will take place between 10am and 8pm on Saturday October 29, The procession starts at 6pm.