In pictures: Colourful performances mark Diwali

In pictures: Colourful performances mark Diwali

Lucy Elder

In pictures: Colourful performances mark Diwali

Colour and festivities took over The Tippet Hall at St Piran's School Centre for Diwali celebrations by the Hindu Society of Maidenhead.

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The event held on Sunday brought together all ages to join in the celebrations.

Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May, along with her husband Philip May, attended the festivities in time to see the children's entertainment.

"It has been absolutely fantastic," said Ila Gangotra, one of the society's trustees.

"So nice to be able to celebrate it on the actual day."

Two groups of young dancers performed followed by a play which involved children from as young as two up to 12 years old.

The first group of dancers took to the stage in traditional dress and performed a traditional dance.

The next duo on stage performed a Bollywood dance to Jai Ho.

A play telling the story of Rama and Sita was then performed by 17 young actors and actresses in colourful and creative costumes.

"They excel themselves every year and more and more children are wanting to learn," Mrs Gangotra added.

"It would be great if we could get our own place and then we would have a place to practice."

A blessing called Aarti was then given and lunch was served for everyone who came.

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is a five-day festival and is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.

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