Londonderry will light up for Rama’s return

editorial image

Mayor of Londonderry Elisha McCallion is looking forward to the commemoration of Lord Rama‘s vanquishment of the demon-king Ravana and the victory of good over evil in Londonderry next month.

That’s the historic origin of ‘Diwali’ the traditional Indian festival of light that takes place around the same time as the Irish Hallowe’en festival every year.

(Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

(Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

“This is a fantastic event that really showcases the city’s cultural diversity and growing multi-cultural society.

“It’s a very lively and colourful celebration for everyone to enjoy and I hope as many people as possible come along and be part of it,” she said.

The festival which is one of the most significant festivals in the Indian calendar, is scheduled to take place Sunday, October 25 from 4-7 pm in the Millennium Forum, when the public will be invited to come along and sample some delicious authentic Indian cuisine and enjoy Indian music and dance and learn about Indian culture.

Those interested in taking part are encouraged to register in advance as demand is expected to be high.

Tickets range from £5 to £20 and include admission to one show, food and activities on Sunday the 25th of October from 4-7 pm in the Millennium Forum. To book tickets please contact the box office on 02871 264455 or on their website

For any further information don’t hesitate to get in touch through: or

In addition, auditions are to take place on September 27 from 12 to 5.30pm at the Millennium Forum for those looking to take part in ‘Diwali’s Got Talent.’

Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India; Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama from his fourteen year long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, illuminated the kingdom with earthendiyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers.

Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil; light over darkness- the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds, that which brings us closer to divinity.