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Diwali on the Square

Trafalgar Square
Sunday 28 October 2007
12 noon - 8pm

A Parajiya Soni youth participating in the Diwali celebration in London Trafalgar Square


Khushaly, daughter of Usha and Sharad Pomal will be in the group with Shri Academy of Dance performing in front of thousands at the celebration on the square.

The Festival of Light
Trafalgar Square will host celebrations to mark Diwali, the Festival of Light, on Sunday 28 October 2007. Organised by the Mayor of London and the Diwali in London Committee, the celebrations will see the square transformed by magical light displays, floating lanterns, and music, dance performances and colourful Diwali decorations. Open to all, the event promises to light up Trafalgar Square in traditional Indian style.


Londoners are invited to get involved with spectacular Diwali celebrations in the heart of London at Diwali in the Square, bringing Diwali to Trafalgar Square in an extravagant cultural event.


Diwali on the Square is a wonderful day for all the family. The celebrations start at noon with traditional Indian garba folk dancing plus sari wearing demonstrations. This will be followed by the stage show at 3.30pm with messages and prayers for peace, cultural performances by children and young people, music and dance. In addition there will be many stalls open from noon with tasty vegetarian food, children's crafts corner, Diwali exhibition, henna painting.

Music and dance
As well as light and decoration a full programme of performances will feature at Diwali in the Square, including a mixture of traditional and contemporary music and dance. Highlights include the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, thousands of mini lanterns being lit to herald the Golden Era of peace and non violence, and dance from Shri Academy of Dance, the Sapnay Dance School, Explosive Dhol'n'Dance and the Sujata Banerjee Kathak School among others. Alongside the dancing, there will also be a chance to watch some amazing Sikh martial arts as the Academy of Punjabi Heritage show off their skills.

Special activities at Diwali in the Square
There will be a number of special activities for both kids and families to take part in this year, with sari wearing demonstrations, a fancy dress parade and a chance to sample some delicious Indian cuisine. Kids can get crafty with a special activity corner and everyone can get painted with henna.

Prayers and peace in London
With Diwali having strong religious significance for a cross section of Londoners, prayers for peace and other special messages will be shared by crowds present at the event. The crowds will be out in force to join the festivities in traditional style, celebrating the triumph of good and renewal of life. The day will finish with thousands of lamps being lit all over the square, as the light symbolises the arrival of Lord Rama as he liberates Queen Sita and quashes the evil Ravana.

Diwali in the Square takes place at Trafalgar Square on Sunday 28th October 2007 from 12pm – 8pm. The event is free to attend.


For details click – Mayor’s message