Diwali celebrations light up Northampton town centre with spectacular annual parade

Northampton was brought to life with lights, dancing and parading characters this weekend for the 19th annual Diwali celebrations.

Monday, 21st October 2019, 11:33 am
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The five day festival of lights is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.

Here's a round-up of the spectacular procession through Northampton town centre on Saturday (October 19).

This year marked the 19th annual Diwali celebrations for Northampton.

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The annual event is organised by the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation and supported by Northampton Borough Council.
The procession is joined by hundreds of residents and children carrying lights and lanterns.
The annual Festival of Lights celebrations took centre stage in Northampton on Saturday (October 19).
Family-friendly activities such as henna painting, Karom board game and sari dressing were aplenty.
Favourite annual characters include Harminder the elephant, Ram, Site, Shanti the bird, Hanumanji the monkey and Ravana the demon king.
The parade is brought to life with diva lights, drummers and dancing.
The lantern procession will begin at 6pm on the Market Square, with two pedal-powered puppets of Harminder the elephant and Shanti the giant bird leading the way.
Each year is also accompanied by a stage show of music and dancing.
The parade through town centre is brought to life with by favourite characters such as Shanti the bird.
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The festival of lights brings together communities and schools and has become one of the town's favourite traditions.