Every year, Trafalgar Square hosts Diwali on the Square so make sure you celebrate the series of special Diwali London events as restaurants and other venues across the city mark the Festival of Lights. Attracting hundreds of thousands of people to Central London every year this magical event sees the square transformed with magical light displays, floating lanterns, food stalls, music, dance and even some storytelling. Symbolising the arrival of Lord Rama as he frees Queen Sita and defeats the evil Ravana, Diwali is one of the highlight events in the Hindu calendar and is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains.
Diwali is timed each year to coincide with the new moon in October or November, so the actual date varies from year to year, however the date for this year seems to fall on and around Tuesday 13th November but celebrations will take place through late October and November. Promising plenty of Asian spice and fragrances, the special menus for Diwali at restaurants across the city are just some of the highlight Diwali London events. There is also the free festival at Trafalgar Square, which celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2012, along with a range of other events taking place across London.
Diwali represents the victory of good over evil and light over darkness and the word Diwali or Deepavali translates to "a row of lamps". Having been enthusiastically celebrated around the world for decades, Diwali marks new beginnings and a renewal of commitment to family values. It traditionally symbolises joy, love, reflection, resolution, forgiveness, light and knowledge.