Diwali - let there be lights!

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Girls dressed in traditional Indian costume

Diwali dancers at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Visitors at the Maritime Museum yesterday were treated to a special Diwali performance by local children. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a major celebration in Hindu culture, in which evil is banished and lamps are lit to symbolise the triumph of good.

The young dancers have been learning about this and other Indian traditions with teacher Purvi Parikh, who commented “Dance is such an important part of Indian culture and this is a great way to make it accessible to everyone". She even managed to involve the audience in a few dance moves on the day.