Video: Manchester United players wish all Indian fans a 'Happy Diwali'
(Video courtesy – Official Manchester United Twitter handle)
Diwali, known as the “festival of lights” is an ancient Hindu-Sikh festival that marks the victory of light over dark and good over evil. It is one that is celebrated with great pomp and glory mainly in India, while it is also celebrated in some of the South Asian countries and a couple of South American countries.
Keeping the fact that there are a huge number of Manchester United fans residing in these countries, the club took to Twitter to post a video on their official Twitter handle, wishing all Man United fans celebrating Diwali.
Players such as Michael Carrick, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford feature in the 20-second clip wishing, “Happy Diwali from everyone at Manchester United.” The video also shows diyas (oil lamps) being lit. These lamps hold a lot of significance to the festival and are used to invite Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, into the home during Diwali.
With India continuing to grow as a footballing nation as well as a football market for the biggest clubs in Europe, many clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain took to social media on October 30 to wish their Indian fans on the auspicious festival. However, only Arsenal and Man United were the clubs who added that extra touch by posting a video on their respective accounts.
Man United fans, especially from India, will be hoping that Diwali, which is associated with fireworks and crackers, will serve as a lucky charm for the Red Devils and help the club get back to putting in cracking performances on the field in their forthcoming fixtures.