Diwali is a popular Indian festival, celebrated not only by Indians, but also many others in London, the global city. It is one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture. Based on the Indian lunar calendar, Diwali lies on a different date each year, usually in October or November. Over the five-day celebratory period, you may notice that London is a little more colourful than usual.
Also known as Deepavali or Dipavali, Diwali is a Hindu festival. The celebration reminds us about the victory of light over darkness. The word ‘Diwali’ means rows of lighted lamps. It’s known as the ‘festival of lights’ because commercial and residential establishments are decorated with candles and colourful lights during that week.
Even in the UK, residential and commercial properties are often refurbished and thoroughly cleaned before Diwali. Dressed in traditional attires, often families and business houses do their ‘puja’ ceremony together.
There’s plenty to be getting up to in the capital to celebrate Diwali, from tasting menus at Michelin-starred restaurants to vibrant light shows. Popular Indian restaurants like Dishoom, Jamavar, Gymkhana and Trishna offers special menus and party nights before D-day.
Trafalgar Square will be lit up as thousands gather to celebrate Diwali in London. It is a free event, thronged by thousands, usually from 1 to 7 PM. Enjoy music and dance performances, family-friendly craft activities, community stalls and delicious food from India and beyond, as part of a large programme of activities. So, this year, make sure you enjoy Diwali in London, braving the crowd, indulging in some shopping, wearing beautiful clothes and relishing delicious food.