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Diwali celebrations at the Oriental Museum

(22 October 2018)

Diwali 2017 at the Oriental Museum

On Friday 9th November 2018, from 6-8pm, Durham University’s Oriental Museum will be celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. 

As part of this annual celebration, the Museum will host a spectacular shadow puppet performance of stories from the Ramayana, an ancient Indian poem which recounts Prince Rama’s struggle to rescue his wife Princess Sita from a demon king. 

Working with the local Indian community

Deepthi Penukonda, a member of the local Indian community working with the Oriental Museum said: “I’m delighted to be leading the puja ceremony - traditional prayers - at the Oriental Museum this year. It’s great to see the local community, students and families come together to celebrate Diwali." 

Museum visitors will be able to enjoy traditional Indian storytelling, an Indian dance performance, Diwali food tasting, crafts, and much more.

Charlotte Spink, the museum’s Access and Community Engagement Officer said: “This year’s Diwali celebrations are going to be wonderful. We’re especially excited about the puppet show which a mix of narration, dialogue and music and will be entertaining for adults and children alike. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Diwali celebrations on 9th November.”

The Museum will be decorated in spectacular style and the first 100 children will receive a free flower garland. The evening will also feature an Indian dance performance.

The event is suitable for everyone. Entry is £2 per person (children under 2 free). No need to book, just come along.

For more information see the Oriental Museum website: www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum