Brent and Harrow
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Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
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Happy Diwali

I am delighted to send my best wishes to all my constituents in Brent and Harrow who are celebrating Diwali.

The Festival of Lights is the celebration of good over evil. It celebrates the homecoming of Lord Rama and in the symbolic lighting of the lamps, reminds us that we must all join together to build a stronger society that is founded on the values of peace, community and prosperity for all.

 I wish you a joyous and peaceful day and the very best wishes for the year ahead.

Happy Diwali!


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12th November 2015

Happy Diwali

This weekend marks the auspicious Diwali occasion whereby Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and a number of Buddhists across the world will be celebrating this festival of light. The important message behind Diwali – the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance – is incredibly significant in these times of austerity. The people of London are coming together, from all different backgrounds, to celebrate this joyous occasion as one community.

Diwali is a time for gathering with friends, family and neighbours, enjoying delicious food, dancing and fireworks. It is a time for us to celebrate but also for us to reflect about those less fortunate.

I wish everyone a Happy Diwali and a joyous celebration.

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1st November 2013


Happy Diwali and wishing Hindu, Jain and Sikh readers a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year.

Enjoy the fireworks celebrations associated with Diwali and Guy Fawkes and bonfire night. But when you do so remember the elderly people in our community and pets who require a special consideration and care. Please do not set off loud and noisy fireworks and also ensure that you do not use fire works after 9pm. I’d also advice that you strictly follow the following safety code published by the London Fire Brigade:

  • Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114.
  • Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box, and always follow the instructions carefully when using them.
  • Light them at arms length using a taper and stand well back.
  • Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn't gone off, it could still explode.
  • Never throw fireworks and never put them in your pocket.
  • Respect your neighbours – don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws to follow. It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am
  • Take care with sparklers – never give them to children under five. Even when they have gone out they are still hot so put sparklers in a bucket of water after use. 
  • Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening.  


If you want information about bonfire safety or the law governing fireworks visit here.

Celebrate by all means but please be safe and considerate.

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3rd November 2011