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Friday 28 April 2017

Diwali dancers dazzle Croke Park

Anjali Sivanandakumay (9), above, performs a Mohiniyattam dance during the Indian festival of lights known as Diwali at Croke Park
Anjali Sivanandakumay (9), above, performs a Mohiniyattam dance during the Indian festival of lights known as Diwali at Croke Park
Alaina Shiji (10), right, from Finglas has her make-up applied
Gayathri Vinot (9) from Sallins
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

FIREWORKS exploded from the famous Hill 16 as Dublin marked the Diwali Indian Festival of Lights, which is celebrated by millions of people from Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai.

Food stalls with exquisite Indian cuisine, dancing and fireworks were staged at Croke Park to mark the five-day Hindu festival that highlights the victory of light over darkness.

Traditionally, lamps are lit to bring the goddess of wealth into people's homes, patterns known as 'rangoli' are drawn on floors, buildings decorated with lights and huge fireworks displays are set-off to mark the festival in style.

Young competitors were also busy at Croke Park getting their make-up perfected to take part in the 'Ireland Ka Talent', a spin-off talent show featuring classical and modern Indian dances.

One of those performing a semi-classical Mohiniyattam dance to the delights of onlookers was Anjali Sivanandakumay (9).

Irish Independent

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