Bengali New Year Celebrations

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Once again we have had another successful Vaisakhi celebration in Trafalgar Square to mark the Sikh New Year Festival. Can you explain why the Bengali community is not also given the opportunity of an event in Trafalgar Square to celebrate their New Year celebrations?


Answer for Bengali New Year Celebrations

Answer for Bengali New Year Celebrations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Vaisakhi celebration for Sikh New Year is one of several cultural festivals, which also include Diwali and Eid, that I support each year on Trafalgar Square. These events are broadly based to appeal to a cross section of faith groups, ie Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and Muslims as well as the wider community in London. In addition I support several other Asian cultural festivals of regional significance, notably the London Mela in Ealing and the Baisakhi Mela on Brick Lane, which is organised to celebrate Bengali New Year and is the largest event of its kind in the UK. Given the Mayor's support for the range of events as outlined, in particular the Baisakhi Mela, there are no plans to create an additional event for Bengali New Year in Trafalgar Square.