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Diwali is an important part of UK’s National Life, says Britain’s PM Theresa May

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May had lit a traditional lamp on her first Diwali event at 10, Downing street

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October 26, 2016: Diwali has now become a popular festival due to the presence of Indians all across the globe. Also, the fireworks and the rangoli have attracted the attention of people from various countries. Diwali marks the beginning of a new era and a renewal of commitment to the family values.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, lit a traditional lamp on her first Diwali event at 10, Downing street. She said,” I want us to be proud of what Diwali means to our nation, after all, it was here in Downing street that Prime Minister Modi chose to start the last Hindu New year.”

Britain’s PM will be visiting India next month in November. It will be her first bilateral outside of the European Union. She said,” I’m going from Delhi to Bangalore. The visit will mark a celebration  of relations between our countries and our shared ambitions for the future.”

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The Diwali event hosted by Theresa May was attended by India’s acting high commissioner, Dinesh Patnaik, and other British Indian officials.

Lauding the Indian community of Britain, May said to HT,” When we analyze the true meaning of Diwali, its relevance extends beyond India, beyond the Indian diaspora and even beyond the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists who, in different ways, mark the festival. Its messages apply to everyone – whatever our background, whatever our faith.”

“Now I have to say I haven’t read all 24,000 verses of the epic poem about Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya. But I do know the story of his homecoming from the many celebrations I have attended in my own constituency over the years,” she added.

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“The values he embodied are values which we can all heed. Values of charity, sacrifice and responsibilities: to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi: losing ourselves in the service of others,” she said.

According to the HT report, Britain’s political system has many British Indian representatives including Sandip Verma, Jitesh Gandhia, Dolar Popat and Ranbir Suri in the House of Lords and Shailesh Vara, Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel and Alok Sharma in the House of Commons.

May announced that she would be leading a trade delegation to India from Nov 6 to 8, as her government seeks new relationships after Britain leaves the European Union.

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Some say Leicester hosts the largest Diwali celebration outside of India. This year the event is expecting more than 100,000 people. Every year, the Golden Mile in Belgrave is decorated with Diwali lights.

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Best Rangoli Design Ideas to Brighten Up Your House

It needs a lots of creativity to make a Rangoli, however there are some simple and easy Rangoli designs which will make artistically beautiful decorations for your home. 

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Rangoli, an Indian artform. Image source: Pixabay
Rangoli, an Indian artform. Image source: Pixabay
  • Rangolis are an Indian form which is used to decorate houses during the festival of Diwali.
  • They are a very beautiful and elegant way of making houses look brighter.
  • There are many simple and easy Rangoli ideas which make for a very artistic decoration.

Rangoli designs for Diwali: Rangolis are a great way to decorate homes for Diwali. Among the lights and sparkles of the festival, rangolis’ simple designs make the houses look brighter and more beautiful.

And who says Rangolis are for Diwali only? There are a plethora of festivals which we celebrate in India and all can be made more beautiful by adding Rangolis into the mix.

Making Rangolis can be hard work, however Especially, when you can’t think of a design. It needs lots of creativity to make a Rangoli, however, there are some simple and easy Rangoli designs which will make artistically beautiful decorations for your home.

Here are some quick and easy Rangoli designs to help you out :

This simple Rangoli design is easy to make and with a little decoration of diyas and candles can look very beautiful.

Easy Rangoli Designs. Pixabay
Easy Rangoli Designs. Pixabay

This beautiful Rangoli made out of flowers may need a little precision, but once made, it will surely add more beauty to your house.

Beautiful Rangoli Designs.
Beautiful Rangoli Designs.

This Rangoli design with the divine ‘Om’ can be made easily, it looks good and will be made quickly.

This design is simple and can be made in a jiffy. Wikimedia Commons
This design is simple and can be made in a jiffy. Wikimedia Commons

This is the kind of Rangoli Design which will brighten up every corner of your house.

This Rangoli design is colourful and cheerful. Wikimedia Commons
This Rangoli design is colourful and cheerful. Wikimedia Commons

A square Rangoli design with diyas to make it look more pretty. Why not?

Rangoli made more beautiful with diyas. Wikimedia Commons
Rangoli made more beautiful with diyas. Wikimedia Commons

This geometrical Rangoli design is really easy to make. Add some diyas and lights to it, and it will make your house look brighter.

Geometrical Rangoli Design. Wikimedia Commons
Geometrical Rangoli Design. Wikimedia Commons

This is one of the simplest Rangoli designs which is made entirely out of flowers. Add a diya in the middle and you will be Diwali ready with the minimal efforts.

Rangoli made out of flowers. Wikimedia Commons
Rangoli made out of flowers. Wikimedia Commons

This is another easy and simple Rangoli design which is really minimalistic and requires minimum effort too.

Minimalistic style Rangoli. Pixabay
Minimalistic style Rangoli. Pixabay

This one is another simple and easy Rangoli designs which are suitable for all festivals at all times.

Rangolis are for all festivals. Pixabay
Rangolis are for all festivals. Pixabay