Jennette Arnold
London assembly member for North East London — fighting your corner at City Hall

Happy Diwali.

This weekend marks Diwali whereby Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and a number of Buddhists across the world will be celebrating this festival of light. The important message behind Diwali – the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance – is incredibly significant in these times of austerity. People around the globe, and in London are coming together, from all different backgrounds, to celebrate this joyous occasion as one community.

Diwali is a time for gathering with friends, family and neighbours, enjoying delicious food, dancing and fireworks. It is a time for us to celebrate but also for us to reflect about those less fortunate.

I wish everyone a Happy Diwali and a joyous celebration.