Diwali, the festival of lights held on 7 November, is brightening up the UK with these Autumnal festivities.
Feasting and fireworks galore….
Celebrating Diwali in the UK this Autumn
Diwali celebrations in Leicester are famously some of the best in the UK and some of the biggest outside of India. On opening night, a spectacular fireworks show culminates a night of Bollywood dances and music performances. This is a street party like no other – over 35,000 people of all faiths attend the switch on of the lights on the Golden Mile, and even more come along on Diwali day itself for colourful fashion and food from some of the country’s finest Indian restaurants. The Diwali Village caters for young and old of all communities, but it’s not all about the Golden Mile. The Diwali lights radiate out across the city in the form of a cultural event programme – from theatre performances to craft activities, cultural talks and exhibitions – there are all kinds of opportunity to learn about and get involved with the celebratory spirit of the festival. Diwali Leicester 2018 will run from 28 October to 11 November, including the famous Diwali Lights Switch on 2018 on Sunday 28 October and Diwali Day 2018 on Wednesday 7 November.
Rt Hon. Bob Blackman MP and SHYAM host the SHYAM‘s tenth Diwali celebrations at the House of Commons of the British Parliament. This event will celebrate the historic completion of three years of talks at the British Parliament on the theme of Lakshmi: Vedic Secrets to Inner and Outer Prosperity from the Shree Suktam of the Rig Veda. 30 October 2018, 18:30 – 20:30. Committee Room 14, House of Commons (British Parliament), Cromwell Green Entrance, London, SW1A 0PW
DIWALI celebration Brent, Wembley & Harrow will hold its annual display at Byron Park London. Due to the great success of previous years, and last year being sold out, this year will go off with the biggest bang yet with the theme Celebration of Culture. Expect dancers, singers, local street food from cuisines around the world, Diwali Art, henna and hand art, face painting, full-size funfair, large licensed bar with private marquee and a spectacular choreographed to music fireworks display. 3rd November 2018, 12 – 4 pm FREE, after is charged
Edinburgh Diwali is an initiative by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh to bring Diwali-Festival of Lights, the most famous Indian Festival to Edinburgh so that the community can share, participate and celebrate the Victory of Good over Evil. The programme for 2018 includes Diwali Parade (2:00 pm), Rama Coronation (4:30 pm), The Taste Of Bollywood-Bombay Dreams (5:30 pm) and Fireworks (7:30 pm). 3 November, Ross Bandstand, Princes Street Garden, Edinburgh, EH2 3AA
Dishoom x Dinerama will be bringing an evening full of live performances from top British Asian talent, alongside an entirely vegetarian foodie line-up from Dishoom and Street Feast’s finest. Headline performances include Abi Sampa with her beautiful Qawwali, Carnatic and Hindustani music, 4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE with a unique Diwali story-telling, and musician Shammi Pithia. Dishoom will have it’s very own street food stall on the night, serving up a massive Dishoom Jackfruit Biryani. Dinerama will also provide some of the very best vegetarian street food, including dishes from Up in My Grill, Club Mexicana and White Men Can’t Jerk, and a selection of drinks at the bar. Tickets are £8 and can be bought here. 6pm – 10.30pm. 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ
The Isle of Wight’s ancient English woodland gardens at Robin Hill Country Park will turn into one of the UK’s biggest light festivals, lighting up in the colours of India to celebrate Diwali. In this immersive experience, visitors trek through ancient woodlands to discover thousands of lights and sculptures, get covered in colour at the Holi Powder arena and trek/climb through six-storey high trees (shrouded in lights) on net bridges and towers. On the half-term there will be Diwali-inspired shows curated for the park with Bollywood dancers, acrobats and fire dancers. Until 4 November, 6-10pm, Downend, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2NU