Diwali on the Square 2015

By: Paul Joseph | Date 03.09.2015
As is befitting for such a diverse city, London celebrates the world’s major cultural and religious events with great enthusiasm and never is this more true than for the annual festival of Diwali.
Photo by David Hone
Diwali on the Square comes to the capital on Sunday 11th October, with the iconic setting of Trafalgar Square serving as a meeting point for thousands of festival goers for one action-packed day.

Presented by the Mayor of London’s office in partnership with the Diwali in London committee, the free event welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths to enjoy one of the city’s most colourful and vibrant occasions. Also known as the Festival of Light, Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world each year.

A kaleidoscope of colourful decorations, traditional Indian music and theatrical displays contribute to the fun-filled atmosphere in Trafalgar Square, home to the famous statue of Lord Nelson, one of Britain's greatest military heroes.

Music and dance acts, including professionals from Indian Television station Zee TV, will strut their stuff on the main stage, while food stalls serving Southeast Asian vegetarian cuisine will keep revellers well-nourished

In addition to the main event in Trafalgar Square, smaller festivities are also held at venues across London, while a number of the capital’s restaurants curate special Diwali-themed menus to mark the occasion.

Diwali is one of the world’s most important religious festivals. It is rooted in the theme of new beginnings, offers people a chance to renew family values and represents virtues such as love, reflection, forgiveness and knowledge. The word Diwali – or “Deepavali” in its full form – is translated as “a row of lamps”.

Diwali on the Square takes place on Sunday 11th October from 1pm – 7pm. Babies and children of all ages are welcome. Entry is free of charge to all-comers.


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