British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak was seen lighting the fire Diya (earthen lamps) outside number 11 on Downing Street, his official residence in London, before the Diwali Festival.
The 50-second clip showed the British Treasury Secretary from India, who came out of his apartment and put four lamps in front of the door.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt @ RishiSunak For the first time in British history, Diwali lit Diya at 11 Downing Street.
Proud moment for #BritishHindus and #BritishIndians
It’s happy Diwali. Let the celebrations begin 🪔! #Light festival#Diwalipic.twitter.com/4Qx8PNrrMJ
– Indians in the London group (@ IIL2004) November 13, 2020
Downing Street is home to the official residences and offices of the UK Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Meanwhile, Diwali celebrations have gone online across the UK as England placed its second home ban last week.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had praised the Diwali spirit of triumph of light over darkness and good over evil in his message during a unique virtual Diwali festival last weekend.
“I know that it is not easy to celebrate from a distance when you want to get together with your whole family or visit your friends or share the Diwali fun with them, including one or the other of course Samosa or Gulab Jamun“said Mr. Johnson in his inaugural address for the iGlobal Diwali Festival 2020”.
“Although great challenges are undoubtedly ahead of us, I have full confidence in the resilience, determination and common sense of people across the country and that together we will overcome this virus, just as Diwali teaches us that light triumphs over dark, good over Evil, knowledge of ignorance, “he said of 10 Downing Street.
The three-day virtual Diwali included meetings with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer and Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey.