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Diwali in Trafalgar Square – The Festival of Lights

Diwali
Where? Trafalgar Square When? 27th October 2024 1 PM to 7 PM Price? Free · See london.gov.uk Parking: Nearby car parks Buses: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 87, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453 Bus fares Trains: The closest station is Charing Cross Bakerloo Northern Other nearby stations: Covent Garden, Embankment, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus Train fares

Over 30,000 visitors are expected to attend Diwali in Trafalgar Square - the beautiful Festival of Lights.

Diwali is an important religious festival for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and represents the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. But in London it represents light... and lots of it!

Light display in Trafalgar Square
Light display in Trafalgar Square

Music and dance on the entertainment stage

A big entertainment stage at the base of Nelson's Column will kick off at 1 PM with 200 colourfully dressed dancers and a exciting line-up of artists from London's Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities.

Traditional dancers on the entertainment stage
Traditional dancers on the entertainment stage

There'll be live music, comedy from the Soho Theatre, dance performances by Kalasetu, a Ramayana puppet show, yoga and meditation classes, and an appearance by the Diwali Queen.

Stalls selling saris and South Asian food

You'll also find a 'Glimpse of Goddesses' stall where you can learn more about Hindu goddesses, stalls selling saris and turbans, and plenty of vegetarian food and drink stands.

The evening will end at 7 PM with prayers and the traditional lamp lighting ceremony.

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