On 14 November, The Flanders Fields ‘Grow Together, Be Together’ project held a lovely event to celebrate Diwali.
Ignoring the wet, residents gathered to warm themselves round a bonfire, share food, enjoy some traditional dancing and bring some light to a dark November afternoon in the shape of sparklers and candles.
The Hindu festival of Diwali (a name inspired by the Sanskrit word for a series of lights) celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Families say prayers to Lakshmi, Goddess of Prosperity and celebrate with feasts and an exchange of gifts in a festival that traditionally lasts for five days.
‘The Grow Together, Be Together’ project was set up three years ago by the Bonny Downs Community Association and runs gardening sessions for locals as well as sessions for local primary schools and cross-faith events which give local residents an insight into other cultures. It is also wheelchair-accessible and can be hired as an events space.
Anyone wanting to know more about the garden or how to get involved should call Bonny Downs on 0208 586 7070 or visit their website.
By Greatfield Residents Association member Susan