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A crowdfunding appeal has been set up to raise money to support this year’s Peterborough Diwali festivities.

Diwali, the festival of lights, is marked across the world each autumn with firework displays, prayers, food and celebratory events.

Indian, Nepali and Sri Lankan communities have come together in celebration in Cathedral Square for the last three years.

This year’s festival takes place on Saturday October 22, and to make this year’s event bigger and brighter than before, the Peterborough Diwali committee is appealing for festival supporters to help them reach a target of £5,500.

Mr Ratilal Joshi, chair of the Peterborough Diwali Festival Committee, said: “The festival is seen by thousands of people in Cathedral Square each year.

“The festival celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

“This year we would like to do something extra special in Cathedral Square. To do this we will need the help of festival supporters and the Peterborough public.

“Any financial support to the crowdfunding you can give, however large or small, will be greatly appreciated and help to make Diwali celebrations more memorable and striking in the years to come.”


Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications for Peterborough City Council, said: “Diwali transforms the city centre with activities and exhibitions that reflect the festival of light and underlines the city’s diverse and multi-cultural communities.

“The celebrations are growing in popularity every year and I would encourage festival supporters to donate what they can to make the event even more vibrant and exciting.”

Last year’s festival was opened by the Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor John Peach, North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara and Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson.

To find out more and to donate to the crowdfunding appeal visit

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