13-16 November 2020
Ireland-India Council in conjunction with Dublin City Council has been organising a civic celebration of Diwali since 2009. Due to COVID-19 challenging time, we are celebrating it virtually from Friday 13-November to Monday16 November 2020.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ms Hazel Chu in the presence of Councillor Donna Cooney along with prominent members of Irish-Indian community opened four days long celebration on Friday 13th November via a video link.
Speaking on this occasion Lord Mayor of Dublin, said: “I am delighted to be part of this year’s celebration in Ireland of the Diwali Festival of Lights hosted by Ireland-India Council in conjunction with Dublin City Council. Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Indian subcontinent similar to Christmas that symbolises the ‘victory of light over darkness-good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The cultural and economic links between Ireland and India continue and the work of the Council has played an important role in strengthening our ties. I hope the event is hugely successful.”
Speaking at the celebration Chair North Central Area Committee, Councillor Donna Cooney said: “I’m delighted to be attending the opening of Diwali Festival of Light again this year and even though we can’t be together physically this year I’m very pleased that Ireland India Council has organised this most important festival to be celebrated online. In these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to celebrate the victory of light over darkness. I’m also very honoured to be lighting a lamp in acknowledgement of our front-line workers, who’s bravery and diligence has been a shining light through these darkened times”.
Chairman of Ireland India Council, Prashant Shukla said: “The vital part of this year’s celebration is to felicitate and deliver a message for peace, prosperity and health to our communities and front line heroes (Teachers, Health Care Workers and An Garda Siochana)”.
The event consists of various dance and music presentations. Well-known personalities are invited to participate virtually. We believe it will make a good cultural presentation to lift the participant’s spirit and mood.
The live event would be available to watch at our website https://indiairelandcouncil.ie/diwali/