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Harrow care home residents see in Diwali

20 October 2017

Residents of a Harrow care home for people with learning disabilities have been marking the Hindu festival Diwali with two days of celebrations.

High Worple residents at the Diwali celebration.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s High Worple marked the Festival of Lights with a delicious meal prepared by residents and staff, followed by lighting sparklers on Thursday (19 October), before attending Shree Swaminarayan Temple at Stanmore to see in the Hindu New Year on Friday.

In the weeks leading up to the event, residents had also celebrated the preparatory festival Navaratri with nine days of dancing activities at the home with devotional dancing for the god Durga.

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a Hindu festival celebrated all over the world by Hindus and the Indian diaspora. It is called the festival of lights because Diwali marks the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

Local service manager Dina Devshi said: “Our residents are all practising Hindus, so Diwali is a very important part of their calendar each year.

Our residents are all practicing Hindus, so Diwali is a very important part of their calendar each year.

Dina Devshi, Local Service Manager

“This choice by our residents to have some fireworks is an example of them playing a key role in the development of their service, helping to shape events and activities.”

High Worple provides residential care for five residents with moderate to high care needs.

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