Festival of Lights

The project came about towards the end of August 2017, on a whim, Poonam Gupta (owner of Holy Cow Home) decided to organise the Festival of Lights as a way to bring communities together and celebrate this festival aka Diwali the hindu new year.

What to Expect on the day 19th October 2019

We have a jam-packed programme on the day and the event will be opened by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Mrs J A Upton MBE.

  • Cultural dance performances from local schools with students of Peploe Williams Academy showcasing kids from their school, through dance, song and shadow theatre and local talent who have come forward and expressed an interest.
  • Folk Dance performances and workshop by K’z Dance.
  • Bollywood dance performances and workshops by Jay Kumar.
  • Dhol Movement (indian drums) will be filling the air with their infectious beats.
  • Food stalls, Henna and Face painting.
  • No festival is complete without some shopping therapy craft stalls will all be adding a form of therapy to the event.
  • Aylesbury Yoga Centre will be doing an Introduction to Yoga session.
  • Satish Bilokota will be delivering a guided meditation and relaxation session.
  • Lantern making, story telling are just but a few of the activities planned for children that day.

While there are many in the organising team who work tirelessly volunteering many hours, the project still requires a lot of funding to bring the project alive.  If you are an individual who would like to support our efforts through donations or sponsorships then we would love to hear from you.  You can contact us at festivaloflightsaylesbury@gmail.com or you can make a pledge on our Spacehive Crowdfunding Page

Follow us on social media Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay tuned with times and programme of the day @FOLaylesbury.

Join us at our Bollywood Dinner and Dance for our 2019 fundraiser

The Festival of Lights Fundraiser –

Holy Cow Community,in partnership with Bucks County Museum for the third year running, is hosting the Festival of Lights – Diwali A celebration of this major Hindu festival that aims to share all that makes this festival wonderful and more.  The organisers believe in making the MOST of life and wish to build communities through organising events that not only bring them together but also encourage activity, communications, integration, understanding and appreciating each other and celebrating.

The Festival of Lights is a free public event, organised by local individuals and they need your support.  We are very fortunate that Aylesbury has many local artists, who have showcased their talents over the last couple of years. This year we are very privileged to present Rajeev Sharma and his friends, all top recording artists, who will be giving us an unforgettable evening.

Rajeev Sharma
Although an experienced and successful engineer and businessman, Rajeev Sharma has dedicated himself to his passion for music from his childhood.  Rajeev believes that music is divine, therapeutic, motivating and above all it brings people together within a culture and between different cultures. This is why he has used his musical abilities to inspire and encourage others in the community to further their goals and ambitions in this field.
Just some of his achievements listed below:

  • Participant in the Zee TV International Sa Re Ga Ma filmed in UK
  • Winner of Zee TV International Antakshari filmed in UK
  • Participant in the Zee TV Mega Finals of Antakshari filmed in Goa
  • Backing and support singer in Bollywood film Bride and Prejudice
  • Lead voice for the world famous Cadbury celebrations chocolate advert.

Please join us and invite your friends to come along,  We look forward to welcoming you with a drink on arrival, an authentic three course meal, an opportunity to win lots of amazing raffle prizes and bid for some very unique experiences.

Why not book a table of 10 and  get one place complimentary. Please use “Ten4Nine” discount code when making your booking.

Lantern making workshop and participation in the Light Parade

All of our artists are DBS checked.

All the materials are provided

We recommend that the pupils be age 8 or over  (they need to be able to cover the parade route under their own steam.

The organisers will keep the lanterns with them at the end of the workshop (this is for safe-keeping, and some will need finishing off), and bring them all to the parade.

All the lanterns are individually labelled so that each child gets their own lantern.

The expectation is that those who take part in the workshops will join the Light Parade (parents/carers are also welcome to come along) at the Festival of Lights due to take place on 19th October 2019 in Kingsbury Square, Aylesbury. We suggest they be there 45 minutes before the parade starts to get organised.

The children keep their lanterns after the parade (including the lights)

Lantern making workshop

Festival of Lights 2018 saw Atul Kochhar Celebrity Chef Guest Appearance:
Twice Michelin starred Indian born British based Chef, restaurateur and television personality. Atul was the first indian chef to receive a Michelin star awarded in London 2001 while he was Head Chef at Tamarind. He then went on to open the highly acclaimed Benaras Restaurant for which he was awarded a second Michelin star. He has also appeared on Masterchef Goes large, Great British Menu and a regular guest on BBC Saturday Kitchen – He will be available for book signing, Q&A and just might cook up a recipe or two

Folk Dance performances and workshop by K’Z Dance

Bollywood dance performances and workshops by Jay Kumar

Dhol Movement (indian drums) will be filling the air with their infectious beats

Dhol Beats, with their larger than life drums and orange costumes and Lejhim workshop

The list of performances carried on with a Fire Dance followed by the Light Parade and finished with vocals by RajD

Food stalls, Henna and Face painting, no festival is complete without some shopping therapy craft stalls will all be adding a form of therapy to the event.

Aylesbury Yoga Centre will be doing an Introduction to Yoga session

Satish Bilokota will be delivering a guided meditation and relaxation session.

Having a go at wearing a Sari from the preloved clothes stand

Lantern making, story telling are just but a few of the activities planned for children that day

Fundraisers and Events:

Our fundraising efforts this year, encourage activity and wellbeing such as cricket, sports day games, bollywood dance workshops, zumba classes, meditation and yoga.  While our small group of like minded individuals are dedicating a lot of personal time in putting together a public event in Aylesbury town centre for residents in and around Aylesbury town can come and enjoy.

Part of the Stay Active initiative – Yoga sessions for all levels to be delivered by Aylesbury Yoga Centre – Date 17th October see our Facebook Events page @FOLAylesbury

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Fundraiser for the Festival of Lights

Learn to cook an Authentic Indian meal in a home environment:

See how it is done at home, it does not get more authentic than that, small groups of eight learn how to prepare a complete meal in home surroundings, tips passed down through generations of mum’s who instinctively cook the most delicious dishes from blending your own spices, a little hands on and finally tasting the creations.  Two hour sessions delivered by Poonam Gupta and her friends and family £40.  Only two sessions will be delivered.

please email: festivaloflightsaylesbury@gmail.com to register your interest for the next session in Nov or Dec 18 by prior arrangement

Past Events:

1st September 2018 – Heartfullness Meditation 11 till 1pm

Price: Free – but pre-registration required

Venue:  Healthy Living Centre, Walton Court Shopping Centre

, Hannon Road
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8TJ

TIME : 11am till 1pm

Amongst all the stresses and strains of modern life Heart-fulness is a simple approach to meditation and relaxation which is free and open to all. With a bit of practice, it can help us achieve happier balanced lives, reduction in stress as well as improvements in health, concentration and focus.

This free event, part of Festival of Light – Stay Active initiative. Spaces are limited therefore booking is essential.

21st September 2018  – Bollywood Dance Masterclass with Jay Kumar

Venue:  Healthy Living Centre, Walton Court Shopping Centre, Hannon Road
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8TJ

Price: Free – but pre-registration required

TIME : 6pm and/or 8pm

Jay Kumar Top Bollywood Choreographer in association with Holy Cow Community Events, invites you to join him for Bollywood Dance Masterclass – Holy Cow Community E

Suitable for ages 8 and above accompanied by an adultvents Stay Active Initiative. Fun, active events planned in the lead up to the Festival of Lights, to take place later this year on 27th October 2018, where once again you will have the chance to practice your moves to Bollywood Grooves.

Jay Kumar has over 15 years of experience in entertaining audiences with his charismatic personality and unique ability to include and involve people of all ages and abilities in his fun to do Bollywood Dance routines.

If you did not experience his Bollywood dance entertainment and workshop at Aylesbury Festival of Lights 2017, you are in for a treat.

“This project received a grant from Vale of Housing Trust Thriving Communities Fund”

29th September 2018 –  Bollywood Music and Dance

Venue: The Mandeville School, Ellen Rd, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 8TJ

Price: Adults: £10 Kids <10 £5 via link below or Cash at the door

 £15 & Kids <10 £10

TIME : 1pm till 5pm

Part 1: Enjoy a heartwarming journey of songs with Rajan Shegunshi a well known voice in the UK accompanied by live musicians
Part 2: Get on the dance floor with Professional Dance teacher Kalpesh and K’z Dance UK team who will choreograph a routine leaving you feeling like a bollywood star

Fundraising for Festival of Lights, this is another family friendly and our Stay Active initiative

Competition : Bollywood themed attires

Available to purchase at the venue, Flavours of India, Henna, Raffle, Drinks,

Read our blog about Festival of Lights 2017

A Mega Mela Success! (Aylesbury Diwali Mela 2017 Wrap Up)

Read our blog about the five days celebration of Diwali