Diwali London celebrations take place all over the city. Each year a large public celebration takes place at Trafalgar Square. 2016 Diwali Festival takes place on Sunday 16 October at Trafalgar Square from 1-7pm.
Diwali The festival of lights
Diwali The festival of lights is a magical festivity. It celebrates the triumph and victory of good over evil, the glory of light over darkness, a beam of hope over despair and the virtue of knowledge over ignorance. The word Diwali literally means “a row of lamps” or “illumination”.
Diwali marks a new beginning and a renewal of commitment to family values. Also Diwali represents all the good virtues in life, love, reflection, forgiveness and knowledge.
Diwali is celebrated in many countries and by different faiths along with varying personal & family traditions. So there are many varitations in the way diwali is celebrated.
Hindus, sikhs and janes celebrate Diwali. So here today will celebrate together as the festival of light. However the symbolic religious representations of diwali for each faith are different
Five Day Festival
Typically for hindus diwali is a five day festival with the third & main night of diwali falling on the darkest new moon night of the hindi lunisolor calandar. Which means the exact date moves.
Finally it’s a time for friends and family to come together, participate in prayer, celebrate, exchange gifts and feast. Much as many brits will do not too long after diwali and in a similar fashion for christmas & new year.
Trafalgar square has a huge stage for performances all afternoon. The colour, music and dance of India will help London celebrate Diwali.
Also a market will pop up for the event. So explore Indian crafts and gifts and even try your hand at making your own Diwali lamp. Experience the spices and flavours at the Indian street food market which takes over an entire street.
Also classes teaching how to tie a sari, hand painting and Bollywood dance moves. So have your hands painted with henna before exploring.
There’ll also be mischievous blue monkeys scampering around the square – plus much more!
Finally Check out the Mayor of London website for next years dates and more free events: www.london.gov.uk