Let us all let in the light this Diwali - Angus Robertson MSP

Sending best wishes to all who have and are celebrating Diwali in Edinburgh. The celebrations are now a staple part of the city’s calendar and never fail to wow. For those unaware, Diwali—also known as the Festival of Lights—is one of the most important events in Hinduism. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
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A number of events are upcoming for those who wish to take part.On Saturday, the Edinburgh Hindu Mandi and Cultural Centre is hosting a family fun night from 6 p.m. at Edinburgh College’s Granton Campus. Tickets are £7 per person, with under 10s going free. It is advised to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.The main event is taking place on Sunday 6 November, when a parade will be taking place.We will see music and dance, with Scottish regimental pipers, folk dancers from India and Scotland and Edinburgh’s Lord Provost leading the parade. Giant portrayal of Hindu Gods will be on display, with Rama’s horse-drawn chariot as the centrepiece. It is set to be a feast for the senses.The parade begins 1.30 p.m. at St Andrews Square and weaves through the city to Castle Street. At the completion of the march, the celebration continues at the Ross Band Stand in West Princess Street Gardens for live performances from Bollywood dancers and drama.I also wish to send my thanks to Edinburgh’s Hindu community, especially the organisers of events, who have been hugely welcoming to the wider population to participate in Diwali celebrations. I hope everyone has a great time!

Angus Robertson is the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture and MSP for Central Edinburgh