Diwali – Festival of Lights 2020 – An Update!
It is getting to that exciting time of year again – Aylesbury’s annual Diwali festival!! In light of the virus, this year’s activities will be heading online as we prepare to give you a digital festival of lights. But we will still bring you the same infectious energy and celebration, with song, dance and cultural activities.
Despite the darkness covering the world at the moment, as a result of the Coronavirus, there is still an abundance of light that surrounds us in everyday life. The universal symbol of Light as the source of goodness represents the spiritual and divine; understanding over ignorance; new beginnings and the vitality of life.
We come together in celebration of its power and omnipresence. Light nourishes our body and soul, and is the most important source of energy for the world. It warms us; it helps our food to grow; it encourages the release of endorphins to make us happy.
Diwali, as the celebration of light, is a festival of diversity. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive event, and encourage people of all cultures, spiritualities, ages and abilities to join us in celebration. We plan to reflect this diversity in our event with a varied programme of – music, dancing, cultural traditions, health and well-being, food/drink… We are still busy putting it all together, so watch this space!!
Holy Cow Community Events has partnered with the wonderful Aylesbury Town Council, Aylesbury, Town Partnership and Bucks County Museum to help us deliver the event virtually this year.
Understandably, there is a lot of work and learning involved with holding a digital festival, as it is not something that we have had to do before. We would really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to fill out our survey.
We Need you! Feature and be part of our Diwali Theme song, write or record your Diwali message to loved ones, friend, family or all watching, Dance with Jay Kumar Bollywood Dance Choreographer, or share your talent, or share how you are celebrating Diwali during the pandemic
History of the Diwali – Festival of Lights in Aylesbury
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. Read more for more about the birth of this project …..
Virtual Diwali – Festival of Lights, Saturday 14th November 2020
Get involved or share your stories of how you plan to celebrate during the pandemic, feature in our footage, closing date 31st October 2020 – contact us
Festival of Lights, Saturday 19th October 2019
Holy Cow Community, in partnership with Bucks County Museum hosted the Festival of Lights – Diwali, for the third year running It is 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, a free public event, organised by local individuals who need your support. We are very fortunate that Aylesbury has many local artists, who have showcased their talents over the last couple of years.
Celebrations took place throughout the day, beginning at 1pm and ending at 8pm, at both The Bucks County museum and Kingsbury Square.
The Festival included a variety of workshops including meditation, yoga, relaxation and Bollywood dance.
There was also Indian drums, henna and face painting and of course traditional food for attendees to enjoy, rounded off by a parade, lit up with lanterns, including those made earlier at lantern making workshops at The Queens Park Centre.
Last year, over 2,500 took part. This year’s celebration was opened by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Mrs J A Upton MBE.
Festival of Lights 2018
Twice Michelin starred Indian born British based Chef, restaurateur and television personality, Atul Kochhar was our Celebrity Chef Guest Appearance.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest for the next session in Nov or Dec 18 by prior arrangement
1st September 2018 – Heartfullness Meditation 11 till 1pm
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
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
Read our blog about the five days celebration of Diwali