Hare Krishna festival offers bid for world peace

PUBLISHED: 07:54 24 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 May 2010

Colourful costumes were part of the Diwali celebrations

Colourful costumes were part of the Diwali celebrations

Danil Premgi

ONE thousand lanterns floated up into the night sky in a bid for world peace as a temple celebrated Diwali at the weekend. The lanterns were released after a spectacular firework display at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple in Letchmore Heath, n

Flying lanterns were also part of the festivities

ONE thousand lanterns floated up into the night sky in a bid for world peace as a temple celebrated Diwali at the weekend.

The lanterns were released after a spectacular firework display at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple in Letchmore Heath, near Radlett, on Sunday.

Around 15,000 people turned out for the Diwali celebrations, of which other highlights included colourful dances, plays and free vegetarian meals for everyone.

The central theme of the Hindu celebration of Diwali, which marks the beginning of the New Year, is the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. It comes from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, when Lord Rama returns in victory after slaying the demon Ravana.

Temple chairman Pranabandhu das said: "Diwali is a time for family and for prayers, sacrifice and charity. Millions of Hindus around the world worship Lord Rama on this day by lighting lamps and sharing a sumptuous vegetarian feast with friends and neighbours.

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