Wellingborough Hindus have offered to contribute towards the cost of this year’s festive lights, which will be switched on for a week for Diwali on October 22 and for Christmas in early December.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement, said Wellingborough Hindu Association (WDHA Community Trust), which focuses on “community development”, has reportedly offered to contribute towards the cost.
Wellingborough Borough Council, whose tagline is “making Wellingborough a place to be proud of”, in view of recession resulting in hard economic times, was reportedly finding it tough to keep the annual display, which helped bring people to the town fueling the local economy.
Applauding the community efforts to keep the lights on for festivals, Zed said this gesture affirmed the Hindu spirit of giving back to the community.
Quoting scriptures, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that charity was a duty, which should be undertaken with sympathy and modesty.
Bhupendra Patel is the “The Worshipful the Mayor of Wellingborough”, which has a Hindu Mandir, a branch of Shree Prajapati Association, Pravasi Mandal and is inhabited by sizeable population of people of India-descent.
Largest of Hindu festivals (and also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains), Diwali, the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.
Founded in early 6th-century, Wellingborough in East Midlands region of England (United Kingdom) on River Nene, is surrounded by five wells and is home to medieval Croyland Abbey and All Hallows Church (dated 1160 CE). Notable people associated with it include broadcaster Sir David Frost, world snooker champion Peter Ebdon, scientist Kenneth Mees, author Lesley Glaister and singers Peter Murphy and Thom Yorke.