This Sunday (22 October) the free annual Croydon Diwali Mela will be held in North End and Surrey Street.
Run by the Croydon Hindu Council, the day starts at noon with a procession from the Whitgift Centre, starting outside HMV. This will be accompanied by drummers and dancers and will make its way down to Surrey Street, where stalls, children’s entertainment, and food, will be part of the fun, alongside live performances of music, dance, and drama.
The programme will run until 4pm and admission is completely free.
“I’m delighted to pass on my very best wishes to everyone celebrating Diwali across the borough next week.
Diwali, or Deepawali, is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance, with the word ‘Deepawali’ refering to rows of ‘diwa’s’, or clay lamps.
This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar; it is also an occasion for celebration by Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
The event is the latest in a series of Sunday festivities being arranged in the newly refurbished Surrey Street.