Summer is officially over, but why not look to the joyous events coming up this month, such as Diwali – the festival of light? Celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, Diwali symbolises the triumph of good over evil and is an occasion marked by trails of candles, fireworks and scrumptious food.

This year, the Diwali falls on Monday 24 October and is the first time in two years the event won’t be limited by Covid restrictions in England. For anyone hoping to celebrate Diwali in London, here is a list of the best events on offer.

Diwali in Trafalgar Square

Diwali in Trafalgar Square Ollie Millington/Getty Images

1. Diwali in London

The Mayor of London’s free annual family Diwali event kicks off on Sunday 9 October with 200 dancers in the main square, followed by a street food marketplace, live performances from Soho Theatre Comedy and activities including dance workshops, yoga and meditation, and sari and turban tying.

Expect family fun, henna, face painting and a light-up moment on the Square as the day turns to dusk, whilst experienced London-based yoga and meditation practitioners will be offering a 20-minute drop-in session every half an hour from 1pm until 6pm.

Where: Trafalgar Square
When: Sunday 9 October, 1-7pm
Price: Free

Diwali 2021 at the National Maritime Museum

 Diwali 2021 at the National Maritime Museum Kathleen Arundell/National Maritime Museum, London

2. Finding Diwali at the National Maritime Museum

South Asian arts collective COMMONGROUND& have curated the Diwali programme at the National Maritime Museum this October. Come watch live events, learn more about the rituals, and then join an atmospheric light parade through Greenwich as the sun sets. Highlights include live performances from singer and digital artist Bishi, DJ collective Daytimers, and ‘Hybrid Bharatanatyam’ dancer Usha Jey.

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