Diwali on Trafalgar Square History

It all started with three friends’ collective dream – the goal was to reach out to Londoners to educate them about the ethos of Diwali. The vision was one of a harmonious and grand mass celebration by London’s multi-cultural community.

The humble beginnings were in the dining room of Nitinbhai Palan (founding member of Diwali in London (DIL) in the year 2001, where three friends met with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the seeds for the grand celebration of Diwali on Trafalgar Square (DOTS) were planted.
The DIL Committee represents the unity of many different organisations and communities working together to celebrate Diwali. Over the past 15 years, each member organisation of DIL, through its representative members, has brought their individual talents to work in harmony to present to London the beautiful, yearly experience known as DOTS.

Over the years, the popularity of the DOTS event, with the support of the office of the Mayor of London, has increased exponentially. DIL’s vision is to continue to reach out to as many Londoners as possible, while maintaining the true spirit of Diwali.

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