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Diwali on Trafalgar Square 

Diwali street party. Image courtesy of GLA.
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Celebrate the festival of lights with lively stage performances and cultural activities at the annual free event. Read More


Join thousands of others to celebrate the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights during Diwali on Trafalgar Square.

Diwali traditionally symbolises joy, love, reflection, resolution, forgiveness, light and knowledge; and represents the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness.  

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.  

Diwali is timed to coincide with the new moon in October or November, so the actual date varies from year to year.

Highlights of the 2019 programme:

  • Watch more than 220 performers dance around the famous Trafalgar Square fountains in the Annakut Dance Sequence.
  • Enjoy a packed programme of live music and dance on the main stage and join in with the clapping Garba dance or singalong sessions.
  • Marvel at the spectacle when Trafalgar Square is illuminated in the Diwali Lighting Ceremony.
  • Treat yourself to some of the delicious Indian vegetarian street food and sweets from the food stalls.
  • Learn how to drape a saree and try wearing one yourself for a Garba dance performance.
  • Take the kids to the Children's Zone to learn more about why lights are used in the festival and make your own celebratory candles.
  • Join one of the many dance workshops and learn different styles of dancing, from classical and folk dance to Bollywood Zumba.
  • Unwind in the Yoga & Meditation Zone with a variety of classes from the deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra to the uplifting Laughter Yoga.
  • Visit the Diwali Culture Zone to play interactive games and increase your understanding of the spiritual significance of Diwali.
  • Get a glimpse of Hindu Goddesses and learn more about their divine powers and virtues.


Venue Details & Map

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square
+44 (0)207 983 4000

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