South East London’s biggest Diwali Mela attracts thousands in joyful celebration

Monday 20th November 2023 11:24 EST

A fantastic Diwali Mela event was held in Bexley, attended by thousands of people, of all ages and backgrounds who came together to enjoy food, dance, music and an incredible million ‘Diya room’ on 11 October. 

The free annual celebration held by the award-winning charity Yog Foundation, was a huge success and was attended by local MP Louie French who was thrilled to welcome Southeast Londoners of all faiths, from as far wide as Kent, to this unique celebration of the Festival of Lights with those in attendance ensuring the occasion became a shining example of our city’s unity and strength in diversity.

Key highlights included performances by children as young as 7 years, a virtual reality experience of Lord Hanuman and a nonstop recital of Hanuman Chalisa by members of the community. A wonderful array of delicious, volunteer prepared food offered as a mountain of food was also on display. The food was then offered as prasad to the attendees. 

Yog Foundation runs free activities in the borough including health and wellbeing activities for residents, from their current hired spaces in Townley Grammar School. The charity has quickly become a nationally recognised organisation through activities and initiatives to help promote and maintain the rich cultural heritage of Hindus - with all activities offered free of charge along with humanitarian efforts through charitable initiatives.  

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