Ipswich: Diwali celebrations take over town centre
Celebrate the return of Lord Ram to the city of Ayodhya after his 14 year jungle exile this weekend.
Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association and Ipswich Borough Council, with support from Suffolk County Council, are hosting a Diwali Celebration Bazaar outside the town hall from 11am-4.30pm on Sunday, October 27.
Meaning a festival of lights and symbolising the victory of goodness over evil and light over darkness, it’s celebrated around the world by Hindus.
In thejungle, Ravana the demon king of Lanka kidnapped Sita, Ram’s wife and he had to seek the help of God Hanuman to kill the demon. After doing so and completing his exile, Ram returned to Ayodhya and its citizens decorated their houses, shops and streets, lit divas (oil lamps) to help goddess of wealth Lakshmi find her way into people’s homes and exchanged mithai (Indian sweets).
During Sunday’s celebration there will be a variety of Indian cuisine, continuous entertainment including Bollywood interactive dancing by Dance Asia, dancers, singers, face painting, Henna handpainting, card making and other activities for children.