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2023 Diwali in London Hosted by Bhaktivedanta Manor
By Thomas Haribol, ISKCON News Managing Editor   |  Oct 31, 2023

Bhaktivedanta Manor President Visakha Dasi speaking to Diwali in London attendees. 

The 22nd Annual Diwali in London (DiL) celebrations brought thousands of people to Trafalgar Square for the annual “Festival of Lights” on Sunday, October 29th. ISKCON’s Bhaktivedanta Manor was this year’s hosting organization for the joyful event,  a partnership between the DiL Committee and the Greater London Authority (GLA) representing diverse organizations and religious traditions across the city. 

London’s Mayor Sadiq Kahn said of the celebration, “Diwali is a joyous occasion, and I’m delighted that our Hindu, Sikh, and Jain friends will once again be able to celebrate this sacred festival in the heart of London.”

The colorful program of music, dance, and drama included the Manor’s Junior Bhaktivedanta Players putting on a delightful performance of “The Ramayan.”

“It was a particular honor for the Manor, especially because we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary,” said Radha Mohan Das, Communications Officer for the Manor, “It included a tent showcasing many of ISKCON’s achievements, upcoming events, temple services, as well as book tables.”

Opening speeches given on the main stage were delivered by five ISKCON devotees, including Manor President Visakha Dasi, Managing Director Nila Madhava Das, and 2023 DIL Chairman Sanjay Krishna. A long-time member of the Manor community, Sanjay is a founding member of (DiL) and a permanent member of the DIL Committee. He is also the CEO of The Lotus Trust, an ISKCON charity.

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