Nov 10, 2023
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty lit Diwali lamps at a special reception at 10 Downing Street on November 9.
Downing Street posted images from the event on social media, with the message: "Shubh Diwali to everyone across the UK and around the world celebrating from this weekend."
The official handle posted pictures of Rishi and Akshata walking down the dreamy halls of their residence.
The Prime Ministerial residence was decorated in a theme of vibrant marigolds and candles on Wednesday evening.
The celebration was attended by members of the Indian diaspora, parliamentarians, entrepreneurs and Bollywood celebrities.
"Diwali is an incredibly special time for all of us and our families, but for me, now, it also brings back amazing memories of becoming Prime Minister this time last year," said Sunak.
"It was an incredible moment to go to India for the G20 as the first British Indian Prime Minister, and be there for India's big moment on the world stage with Modiji," Sunak said.
Sunak also touched upon the World Cup but admitted it was best "less said" about the England team and "switch" to the Indian side of the family in a nod to Team India's winning streak in the tournament.
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