Diwali is part of UK’s National Life: PM Theresa May
Hosting her first Diwali occasion at 10, Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May lit a traditional light and said the celebration played “an important part of our national life”, days before setting out on a visit to India from November 6.
“I want us to be proud of what Diwali means to our nation – after all, it was here in Downing Street that Prime Minister Modi chose to start the last Hindu New Year,” she said on Monday evening, reviewing the Indian leader’s visit to London last November.
“And, next month I am delighted to be returning his visit when I go to India – it will be my first bilateral outside of the European Union and I’m going from Delhi to Bangalore – a true celebration of relations between our countries and our shared ambitions for the future.”
The event was attended by about 150 leading British Indians and India’s acting high commissioner Dinesh Patnaik.
Commending the Indian people group’s commitment to Britain, May said: May said: “When we analyse the true meaning of Diwali, its relevance extends beyond India, beyond the Indian diaspora and even beyond the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists who, in different ways, mark the festival. Its messages apply to every single one of us – whatever our background, whatever our faith.”