Dublin Celebrates Diwali 2014

Dublin City Council will host a reception to celebrate the 2014 Diwali ‘Festival of Lights’ at City Hall, Cork Hill, Dublin 2, on Saturday 25th October from 6.30pm. Dublin City Council, The Indian Embassy in Ireland and Indian Community Associations in Ireland will come together to celebrate Diwali, the most important festival in the Hindu cultural calendar.
The Diwali Festival is part of Dublin City Council’s One City, One People initiative (dublincity.ie /onecity) which promotes diversity and aims to combat racism. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, H.E. Mrs. Radhika Lal Lokesh, Ambassador of India and the Minister for Health Dr. Leo Varadkar TD will together light the traditional Indian lamp representing the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
Lord Mayor Christy Burke said “I am delighted to help host the 2014 Dublin Diwali celebrations in City Hall.  This beautiful event is the biggest annual Festival in India marking the Festival of Light.  Our event in Dublin shows the growing intercultural connections and shared cultural celebrations we are developing in our city.  I would like to wish all the community of India living in and visiting Ireland happiness, peace and prosperity”.
The Ambassador of Ireland to India H.E. Mrs. Radhika Lal Lokesh said “Diwali ki haardik shubhkaamnaaye. Happy Diwali and all the best for the New Year. May the festival of Diwali be a harbinger of joy, peace and hope to all.”
The cultural programme will start with the Ganesh Sthuthi (verses in praise of Lord Ganesha, the harbinger of good luck), Mohiniattam (from the State of Kerala), Bharatnatyam (Traditional Indian dance from Tamil Nadu) and Folk dances from India followed by instrumental music the Indian flute and sarod by an Irish artist.


For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
Declan Hayden, Dublin City Council, Office for Integration, T 086-8150336
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Notes to the Editor:

One City One People

Dublin City Council’s One City One People Campaign promotes diversity and equality and campaigns against racism and discrimination in Dublin city. It runs at venues around the city throughout the year.
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs
It is celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia and other countries
Global migration means it’s now an important festival in the US, Canada, Britain, Australia and the Caribbean
It’s date is set by a lunar-solar Hindu calendar

About Diwali
The Diwali or Deepavali festival marks the victory of good over evil. The Sanskrit word “Deepavali” means “an array of light” and signifies the victory of brightness over darkness.