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Hindu community celebrate end of Navratri festival

PUBLISHED: 17:09 14 October 2019 | UPDATED: 17:09 14 October 2019

Barking and Dagenham Mayor Peter Chand with members of the Lohana Community East London. Picture: supplied.

Barking and Dagenham Mayor Peter Chand with members of the Lohana Community East London. Picture: supplied.

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The borough's Hindu community held a colourful celebration to end the nine-day festival Navratri.

The festive celebration, hosted by members of Lohana Community East London (LCEL), featured traditional folk dancing - referred to as Rass Garba - and plenty of Indian street food and drink.

Navratri is celebrated by Hindus all over the world and marks the most auspicious days of the lunar calendar, according to Hinduism.

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The nine days are dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga and her nine incarnations.

Mayor Peter Chand took part in the traditional offering of food and participated in the aarti, a Hindu religious ritual of worship in which light from a flame is offered to one or more deities.

Cllr Chnad said: "There was a real sense of community. Events like this allow the younger generation to continue to respect life-long traditions.

Some 1,000 devotees attended the events over the nine days.

LCEL social secretary Gita Makwana said: "Fundraising events such as this help build great community relationships in and around the borough and beyond."

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