Diwali 2009 Rangoli Competition in Leicester city of UK

Diwali Rangoli Competitions are common in villages, towns and cities in India. But, Leicester City Council in UK will be conducting Rangoli competition to enhance the festivity of Diwali in 2009. Leicester hosts the largest celebrations for Diwali outside India. People of Indian origin live in the city in large numbers.
Zeenews reports:

  • The Leicester city council in UK has launched a rangoli competition to design an artwork that best captures the excitement of Diwali festivities in the town. Locals believe that Leicester, which has a large minority of people of Indian origin, hosts the largest Diwali festivities outside India.
  • A rangoli competition has been launched for children under the age of 16. The winning design will be turned into a piece of mosaic art by a professional artist, and will be displayed as part of Diwali celebrations before being put on permanent show, a city council official said.
  • The competition is being run by Leicester City Council, Leicester Belgrave Mela and Alliance & Leicester (Santander), which is supporting this year’s Diwali celebrations. Leicester City Council’s festivals and events manager Maggie Shutt said: “We’re really glad to have Santander and Alliance & Leicester on board to sponsor Diwali this year, and it’s great that Santander want to support a local community Rangoli project which encourages creative participation from young people.”

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