Diwali is a festival of light celebrated by people from several different countries and religions, including Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Specific celebrations and traditions differ between groups, but it’s generally celebrated as the triumph of good over evil.
The actual date for Diwali 2019 is 27 October 2019. Here’s what’s going on in London around that date to celebrate.
Diwali in Trafalgar Square 2019
Around 35,000 people attend each year, to enjoy live music and dance performances on the stage and through the square, In past years, these have included Garba, a hand clapping dance from the Gujarat region of India. You might even be able to take part in a Bollywood or puppet dancing workshop.
Indian food is the order of the day at the street food market in the square, where stalls usually sell snacks including vegan and vegetarian dishes and Indian sweets, and there’s information about the background of the festival for Londoners and tourists who aren’t familiar with the culture.
Diwali Festival 2019 at Queensbury Park, Harrow
Queensbury Park in Harrow celebrates Diwali with a free-entry festival on 13 October 2019. Food stalls, funfair rides and live Bollywood singing are all promised.
Diwali: Festival of Light at National Maritime Museum
As part of its half term events, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich holds a day of family-friendly Diwali events on 26 October 2019. Watch a Bollywood performance and try a few dance steps yourself, and take part in music, art and craft events celebrating light. The day culminates in a light parade.
Diwali celebrations at Harrow Fireworks 2019
Harrow’s firework display doubles up as a Bonfire Night event, and a celebration of Diwali. Head to Byron Park on 2 November 2019 for Bollywood dancing, Indian food and shopping stands Diwali art and henna tattoos, alongside a funfair, bar, face painting, and of course, the 20-minute firework display.
Diwali Night at Wanstead Rugby Club
Out east, Wanstead Rugby Club hosts a Diwali night full of light, music and dance on 2 November 2019. Expect a three-course vegetarian meal, Bollywood music, fireworks and other entertainment. It’s strictly Ethnic-Indian attire — more details here.