Lincs Indian Society recently held their spectacular Diwali Mela at The Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground.
Diwali, a major festival observed by millions of people across the world celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and new beginnings.
500 guests and sponsors including Sills & Betteridge LLP, Sleaford Quality Foods, Gauri, Lincoln Minster School, Tipsy Imp, Lifeline Protect, Duncan & Toplis, Avocado Labs and The Lincoln Hospital experienced fantastic vibrant, cultural, family entertainment from performers of all ages.
The festivities started with selected members of the Indian community, sponsors and other supporters being invited onto the stage to light candles, a tradition very keenly observed as part of the celebrations. A 5 star Indian food dining experience provided by specialist Indian Catering Company Zaffran followed, plus fireworks and a Bollywood disco.
Martin Walsh, Business and Corporate Partner of Law Firm Sills & Betteridge LLP who were main sponsors of the event said
“It was a privilege to be asked by the Lincs Indian Society to sponsor the event. To witness families dining together and providing marvellous entertainment in such a joyful and welcoming environment was a great joy - clearly, a wonderful community at work in Lincolnshire. Having acted for a number of members of Lincs Indian Community and having got to know members of the organising committee, in particular, Sreedharan and Sakthivel, who were seeking to grow the event, it seemed a great opportunity for my firm to get involved and to continue our support for the community.“
Dr Aravamuthan Sreedharan, Director of Lincs Indian Society CIC said
“A fantastic evening indeed, shaped by the enormous response from everyone not only to attend but to volunteer and to contribute in various ways, which shows the strength and togetherness of this community. We are delighted that the Diwali Mela was enjoyed by everyone. The scale of the event was unprecedented and was only made possible with the generous contribution from all our sponsors."
The organisers now look forward to planning their next Diwali event.