The Prime Minister commenced the celebrations by lighting the lamp whilst special Diwali prayers were led by Hindu priests. A group of school children entertained the audience by singing a Diwali choir which was greatly appreciated and applauded by the Prime Minister and the guests.
The Receptions Rooms at 10 Downing Street and the corridors reflected the true essence of Diwali with mounds of Indian sweets, the flicker of lights and floral decorations.
The Prime Minister, in his welcoming speech, complimented the huge contributions made by the British Hindu Community to the economy of this country and to the various other services, such as the NHS, Education, Police and so on.
The Hindu Council UK was represented by three of its Directors, Mr Umesh Sharma, Mrs Krishna Bhan and Mr Dipen Rajyaguru.
Prime Minister’s speech can be accessed at
Mrs. Krishna Bhan
Director for Education
Hindu Council UK