Diwali

 

Diwali-Festival of Lights: A Civic Celebration

Ireland India Council in conjunction with Dublin City Council is delighted to invite members of the public to join us in celebrating Diwali-Festival of Lights to be held virtually observing the current COVID-19 protocols. This year four days long festival will start on Friday 13 November and culminate on Monday 16 November 2020.

The civic celebration of Diwali is a spectacular event in Ireland that encompasses and invites members and peers from across communities to share the joys and wondrous Diwali celebration with community leaders, and leading personalities from businesses, academics, and politics across Ireland.

Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of India that symbolises the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali is similar to Christmas, over 1.3 billion people celebrate Diwali in India and, with the conjunction of Dublin City Council, we are celebrating Diwali- Festival of Lights in Ireland since 2008. The message of 2020 Diwali celebration applies to people and communities of all backgrounds. The virtual event will include dance, music, fashion and visual arts, followed by messages by dignitaries.

Friday 13 November 2020

Opening Ceremony from 04.00-05.00 PM Venue: Virtual

Running Order (subject to change & all times approx)

  1. 04.00 pm – Introduction/Welcome – by Prashant Shukla, Chairman Ireland India Council
  2. 04.05 pm – Opening Address by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ms Hazel Chu
  3. 04.15 pm – Cllr. Donna Cooney, Dublin City Council
  4. 04.20 pm – H. E. Ambassador of India to Ireland, Mr Sandeep Kumar 
  5. 04.25 pm – Lighting of the Diwali Candle/Lamp – Background Music by Gerry Hanley

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ms Hazel Chu, Cllr. Dona Cooney, Dr Ashok Varadkar, Ms Miriam Varadkar, Mr Johnny Holmes, Eric and Alex, Mr Damien Nee, Children and members of Irish-Indian community  

  1. 04.30 pm – Diwali Indian classical dance performance by Dr Meghana Vasisht
  2. 04.40 pm – Old Style Irish dance “Sean nós”  by an all-Ireland Champion Ms Emma O’Sullivan
  3. 04.45 pm Next Day Update and Vote of Thanks 
  4. Rest of the evening for social interactions 

Saturday 14th November 2020, at 4pm Irish time and 9:30pm Indian time,Venue: Virtual

Lamp Lighting ceremony continues from people’s home across the globe, many Indian and Irish families will join to give their message of Light, hope & prosperity and give live performances.

Those who will light the lamp and give messages include-

Dr Sue Khanna, Ms Lisa Mitten, Ms Manju C. Pallam, Geetu Manon & family, Amanda Wilkinson, Tulshi Shringi, Aditi Bhardwaj and Girls

In the end, IIC Chair Prashant Shukla and Co-Chair Damien Nee will thank the host and participants. They will also discuss and review Diwali celebrations in Ireland, in India and across the globe.

Sunday 15th November 2020 at 4pm Irish time and 9:30pm Indian time, Venue: Virtual

Running Order (subject to change & all times approx)

Tips and tricks of makeup, beauty and skin care during festive season with 

  • Ms Linda Crosbie
  • Saree Demonstration with Aparna
  • Henna Demonstration with Shaina Khan

In the end, IIC Chair Prashant Shukla and Co-Chair Damien Nee will thank the host and participants. They will also discuss and review Diwali celebrations in Ireland, in India and across the globe.

Monday 16th November 2020, at 4pm Irish time and 9:30pm Indian times Venue: Virtual

Running Order (subject to change & all times approx)

Our Dietitian and Nutrition Expert Ms Forum Thakkar will talk about delicious yet healthy recipes and cooking demonstration. Focus will be on healthy cooking and eating during festive season.

In the end, IIC Chair Prashant Shukla and Co-Chair Damien Nee will thank the host and participants. They will also discuss and review Diwali celebrations in Ireland, in India and across the globe.

Closing of Diwali - Festival of Lights
on Monday 16 November 2020 at 04.00 pm -Irish Time

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