The Ireland-India Council in conjunction with Dublin City Council celebrated Diwali-Festival of Lights at Dublin’s City Hall.

Diwali/Festival of Lights/Féile na Soilse is an important festival of the Indian subcontinent and it is an official holiday in India, Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. It signifies the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

The celebration of Diwali in the presence of the Lord Mayor’s representative Councillor Dáithí Doolan, T.D.’s, Senators and Councillors in attendance with other prominent personalities signifies that now Diwali is imbedded in Irish culture and an integral part of Irish society and values. Dublin City Council is supporting celebration of Diwali since 2009.

Councillor Dáithí Doolan said: I would like to wish the Indian Community in Dublin and indeed further afield across our island all the very best in their Festival of Lights, (Diwali) celebration for 2017. The success of Diwali celebration in Dublin was a sign of the growing relationship between Ireland and India, which is also illustrated by the increasing numbers of students, artists and business people are moving between the two countries. Of course, none of this would be possible without the work of Ireland India Council, Dublin City Council’s One City One People initiative, and the support of the neighbouring Local Authorities.

The City Hall’s ceremony celebrates the common prehistoric roots of sun worship in the Indian and Celtic civilizations and the contemporary fact that Indians have become a harmonious part of the social fabric in Ireland while maintaining important cultural links to their homeland.