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  Diwali (also spelled Divali in other countries) or Deepavali is popularly known as the festival of lights. It is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For most of the hindus/Indians and working class, this is the biggest festival and the day when they want to be with their families and perform the prayers together in their homes. Deepavali is an official holiday in India, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar , Fiji and Surinam.
Diwali is celebrated by communities across London. The biggest party of all - Diwali on the Square - takes place in Trafalgar Square. 

Diwali falls on Friday 5 November 2010. The Diwali on the Square celebration takes place on 31 October.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated each year in London's Trafalgar Square. It offers fun for all the family with music, dancing and magical light displays. In previous years, Diwali on the Square has attracted around 25,000 people to Central London. The joyful event sees the square transformed with floating lanterns, storytelling, displays and live performances.

This year Diwali on the Square starts at 2pm with traditional Garba dancing. The opening ceremony and Diwali messages takes place from 3.15 to 3.30pm. Then enjoy a spectacular stage show, ending with devotional songs to end the afternoon.

VIDEO - Diwali at Trafalgar Square 2009


 Where is Trafalgar Square located ?


Address - Westminster, London WC2N 5


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 Opening Times and Tickets at "Diwali at Trafalgar Square", london - 2010

Opening times - 2 pm to 7 pm

Tickets - FREE




 Main attractions at"Diwali at Trafalgar Square", london - 2010


2 pm - 3 pm -  Traditional Garba dancing( with modern fusion) in the centre of the Square with Live Band Shama and The 5.1.5 Crew

3.15 pm - 3.35 pm - Opening Ceremony with Diwali messages. Special guest: Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor.
3.35 pm - 5.25 pm - Spectacular stage show with community groups and professional artistes. Sai School Children’s Choir, Sangeet College Ensemble, GCC Bhangra Dance group, Renu Gidoomal’s Bhajazz, BBUK Yuva, Sanskriti Dance group, Ada Dance Academy , Neha’s Dance group, Shaama Dance Co, Nikita Dance Co, Rhythm N Bass Dhol group, Danceflavourz
5.25 pm - 6.10 pm - Official Media partner Zee TV presents performances by Juggy D, Botown and Arjun with presenter Sunita Gardner and special guest stars.

6.10 - 6.30pm -  Kirtan and Bhajan Aarti (Devotional songs). Arti by Arpan with Hindu Cultural Society Adult Choir
General Information

Free Sarees and saree wearing on first come first serve basis.
Vegetarian Food Zone with variety of hot and cold foods and drinks.




How to get to "Diwali at Trafalgar Square", london


Address - Westminster, London WC2N 5

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Find out how to get to Trafalgar Square by public transport using Transport for London's Journey Planner (opens in new window).

Public Transport

The Tube

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Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines) is the closest Tube station, with an entrance/exit on Trafalgar Square.

The following stations are within a few minutes' walk:

Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines)
Embankment (Bakerloo, Northern, District and Circle lines)

Mainline train

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Charing Cross mainline rail station is about a three minute walk from the Square.


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Routes 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453 go past Trafalgar Square. Also routes 22 and 94 terminate nearby at Piccadilly Circus. Many of London's night buses serve Trafalgar Square. The following routes start/end near the square: 53, N2, N5, N18, N20, N21, N26, N29, N41, N47, N50, N89, N91, N97, N279, and N381, and these routes go past the square: 6, 12, 23, 24, 88, 139, 176, 453, N3, N9, N11, N13, N15, N36, N44, N52, N77, N155, N159, N343.

Visit the Transport for London bus maps page to access information on bus routes from Trafalgar Square, for both day-time and night buses.