UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak was seen lighting diya (earthen lamps) outdoors Number 11 in Downing Street, his official residence in London, forward of the pageant of Diwali.
The 50-second clip confirmed Britain’s Indian-origin Finance Minister popping out of his residence and putting 4 lamps in entrance of the door.
Chancellor of Exchequer Rt. Honourable @RishiSunak for the first time in British History Lit Diwali Diya at 11 Downing Street .
Proud second for #BritishHindus and #BritishIndians
It’s Happy Diwali Indeed Let the festivities start 🪔 ! #FestivalofLights#Diwalipic.twitter.com/4Qx8PNrrMJ
— Indians in London Group (@IIL2004) November 13, 2020
Downing Street homes the official residences and workplaces of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Meanwhile, the Diwali celebrations have moved on-line throughout the UK as England entered its second stay-at-home lockdown final week.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in his message throughout a first-of-its-kind digital Diwali pageant final weekend, had hailed the Diwali spirit of the victory of sunshine over darkness and good over evil.
“I do know that celebrating at a distance is not straightforward whenever you wish to get along with all your loved ones or go to your mates or share with them the Diwali enjoyable, as properly in fact the odd samosa or gulab jamun,” stated Mr Johnson, in his inaugural handle to the ”iGlobal Diwali Fest 2020”.
“While undoubtedly there are huge challenges ahead, I have every confidence in the resilience and resolve and good sense of people across the country and that together we will overcome this virus, just as Diwali teaches us that light triumphs over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance,” he stated from 10 Downing Street.
The three-day digital Diwali included classes with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, Opposition Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer and Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey.