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Gallery: Peterborough celebrates festival of lights

People in Peterborough, including the Hindu and Sikh communities, have marked the occasion of Diwali.

Diwali or Deepawali is a festival of lights and is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. 

It is an important festival for the community and is usually marked over five days. 

Those celebrating prepare for Diwali by cleaning, renovating and decorating their homes and workplaces with diyas (oil lamps) and rangolis (colourful art circle patterns). During the festival families get together, share meals, exchange gifts and enjoy fireworks. 

In Peterborough a community Diwali get together was held on November 5 at the Stilton pavilion. 

More than 100 people attended the celebrations. 

It was a not-for-profit event and the cost of arranging the celebration was shared by the families attending. 

DJ Sona Roadshow with Dhol entertained the crowds before a three-course dinner and dance.  

Fireworks and sparkles wrapped up the night of festivities. 

An organiser said: “As part of tradition for Diwali we had some fireworks and sparklers. Festivals always bring people closer.  

"After Covid lockdown, Diwali came as an opportunity to celebrate with near and dear ones.”