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Diwali at The Savoy 2018

One Family

For the first time ever, Diwali arrives at The Savoy this year.

In a very special evening to honour life, love and light, the occasion will be one of true celebration and reflection. The inaugural Diwali at The Savoy will take place on Saturday 10 November 2018.

Bringing together an audience of dignitaries, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities at one of London’s most celebrated landmarks, the evening will raise awareness of Human Trafficking and funds for Maiti Nepal, a One Family supported NGO, founded by social activist Anuradha Koirala. Maiti Nepal has 17 centres at critical points across Nepal and the surrounding country borders. These include three prevention homes, eleven transit homes, two hospices and a formal school. Offering invaluable services every day, Maiti provides direct support to more than 1,000 girls and young women.

More than 3,000 innocent people fall victim to trafficking each day, and it is a criminal trade which is perhaps the single most pressing human rights issue of our time. In Nepal alone, it is estimated that up to 15,000 women and young girls are trafficked each year and sent as far afield as India, China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the UAE.

Diwali is a joyous annual festival that unites millions of people right across the world in prayer, celebratory events and firework displays. Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘deepavali’, which means rows of lighted lamps, Diwali takes place over five days in the autumn months. It is celebrated by at four different faith groups (Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Newar Buddhists), each with historical events and rituals each enshrine the captivating spirit of Diwali. As relevant as ever today, the festival champions the power of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

For more information on Diwali at The Savoy, please contact diwaliatthesavoy@onefamily.org.uk.

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