Diwali, or the ‘Festival of Lights’, this year officially falls on the 23rd October. Timed to coincide with the new moon and darkest night of the month in October or November, the ancient festival is a time of great celebration for Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities to mark new beginnings and commitment to family values.
The tradition and celebrations symbolise joy, love, reflection, resolution, and overcoming adversity: light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair. In the days leading up to the festival most city centres across the UK will display lights, banners and messages as part of the festival.
In London, this year’s fun-filled Diwali celebrations will be hosted by the Mayor in Trafalgar Square on the 12th October. The event attracts thousands of merrymakers and includes music and dance performances, food stalls and child-friendly activities. But, if you’re looking for a something a bit calmer, there are smaller festivals and special feasting menus at restaurants across London.