THE streets of Chester were awash with colour when the city celebrated the Hindu festival of Diwali.
Diwali – the festival of lights – was celebrated on Saturday with a colourful parade from Town Hall Square and traditional Indian dance displays on Eastgate Street.
The procession continued to the Guildhall in Watergate Street where there were workshops and demonstrations including Indian art, candles, Henna hand-painting, bracelet making, dandiya stick decoration, Indian head massage and plate-decorating along with free Indian food tasting.
Sanjhi Indian Association organise the annual celebrations with support from Cheshire West and Chester Council and Awards For All funding.
Sarika Kaushik, chairman of Sanjhi Indian Association, said the association was “proud” to have brought the festival to Chester.
He said: “We have been overjoyed by the response and enthusiastic participation of members of Cheshire communities.
“Although Diwali is generally described as a Hindu festival, it is truly an Indian festival that cuts across religions and different beliefs.”
Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture on CWaC, said: “Events like this help promote a better cultural understanding of the rich diverse community we have in Cheshire.”
Sanjhi Indian Association runs regular Indian dance classes in Hoole Community Centre.
Everyone is welcome to attend the classes, which take place between 3pm and 5pm each Sunday.