Diwali delights!

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Dance, music, food and crafts made up the entertainment for the Festival of Light this week.

Bedford Corn Exchange was home to a seven-hour Diwali celebration in the heart of town.

Begining with a procession from outside Tesco Express to the venue, which featured dancers, children and musicians, entertainers during the day also included a DJ, desi beats dance and percussion.

Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year for both Hindusand for people who follow the Jain religion.

The Bedford event was led by the Sant Nirankari Mandal, the Bhagwan Valmik Sabha and the Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha.

Sat Paul, of the Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha, said: “Last year was the first time we ran an event like this, and the whole idea is to being different communities together.

“It has both Sabhas working together along with the Sant Nirankari Mandal, there are other religions here as well, and there is the global lnaguage of music too.”

Baldev Khindra, of the Sant Nirankari Mandal, said: “Today is all about community and diversity.

“It isn’t designed as a religious event, it’s meant to be a fun event. We are all celebrating Diwali in our own way, and we have had so much support from both the council and from the Bedford community as a whole.

“We want to celebrate Bedford and give something back to Bedford.”

Sam Kalyan, of the Bhagwan Valmik Sabha, added: “The highlight so far for me has been the fantastic dancers from south east Asia. They have been very good.”