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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said:
I want to send my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Diwali in London and around the world.
During this wonderful festival of lights, we come together to reflect on the past year together, and mark the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and friendship over enmity.
Diwali’s central message of peace and mutual respect is one that I know all Londoners support – we are a city that celebrates our differences, and London is open to
From my family to yours, Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year.
Nitin Palan the Diwali in London Chairperson 2018
Namaste - Happy Deepavali and a very happy New Year from all at the Diwali in London (DiL) team.
We look forward to celebrating Deepavali with all of you, on this 17th year of festivities in the heart of London on the largest stage event in Europe.
What makes this year particularly significant is that we will also remember the sacrifices made by our ancestors, over 1.3 million of who served in WW1, fighting alongside the British soldiers and ensuring that we maintain the freedom and independence that we enjoy today.
There will be a foray of stalls with interactive and engaging activities and sumptuous food to enjoy along with several scintillating stage performances.
Don't want to give too much away and take away the element of surprise.... Please DO come early to make sure that you can join us for dancing in the square!
Last but not the least - THANK YOU to our MAYOR OF LONDON , Mr. Sadiq Khan and all the wonderful sponsors who have made these celebrations possible.
Nitin Palan, MBE
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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said:
As Mayor of London, I want to send my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Diwali in London and around the world.
During this wonderful festival of lights, we come together to share the story of Rama and Sita, to light candles in our homes, and to pay tribute to the warmth and generosity of our Hindu, Sikh and Jain brothers and sisters. Friends and families reflect on the past year together, and mark the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and friendship over enmity.
Diwali’s central message of peace and mutual respect is one that we can all learn from. It reminds us that London succeeds when London is open to all.
“From my family to yours, Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year.”
Ravi Bhanot the Diwali in London Chairperson 2017
We are delighted to welcome all Londoners and guests from all over the globe once again on this the 16th year of Diwali on Trafalgar Square.
This flagship Mayor of London event is organised and delivered in partnership with the Diwali in London (Dil) Committee. We expect over 35,000 people to be attending the event and expect hundreds of thousands to be watching it on television around the world.
It is particularly special this year as it is The UK - India Year of Culture.
The theme this year is to strengthen the bridge between the two countries even further.
Diwali is an occasion of sharing happiness, joy, gifts, food and in particular unity, cooperation and respect between the people of London and beyond. Come and celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights with spectacular entertainment, food bazaar, interactive workshops, variety stalls, yoga zone, children zone and much more on 15th October.
Finally thank you to all the performers, stall holders, sponsors, volunteers and especially to the Mayor of London and his team that help make this event possible.
We wish you all a happy Diwali!
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Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London
London is open to all people and all communities – we don’t just tolerate each other’s’ differences, we embrace them. Nowhere is this more apparent than in London’s joyous celebration of Diwali in Trafalgar Square. Here, London’s Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities come together to celebrate and to share the festivities with Londoners and visitors of all backgrounds. Diwali’s central message of peace and mutual respect is one that we can all learn from. To all those celebrating this month, I wish you a very happy and enjoyable Diwali.
Sanjay Gadhvi the Diwali in London Chairperson 2016
This year we celebrate 15th year of Diwali in Trafalgar Square, London. This wonderful festival is filled with lights, lamps, music, sweets and gifts, but the Diwali story is more than the story of a single day of festive celebrations. It is a story of dedication to the pursuance and protection of the truth, justice, cooperation and respect. Come and join us and share happiness in entertainment, feasting and interactive workshops. Happy Diwali.
Diwali Festival in Whats On London
Diwali festival has been featured on Culture Trip in the article What's On In London In October.
Mr. Yoganathan Ratheesan, Lebara Group's Chairman & CEO
As the universal brand for the world's migrant community, Lebara understands the importance of bringing friends and families together and celebrating important cultural events. We're very proud to continue our support of the Mayor's Diwali festival. The Lebara team looks forward to welcoming you at Trafalgar Square for plenty of fun activities and entertainment.
Lydia Nazareth, General Manager UK & Ireland at Jet Airways
As India's premier international airline it's most fitting for Jet Airways to be associated with the Mayor of London's Diwali Festival, one of the UK's biggest and brightest celebrations of Indian culture. We're thrilled to be co-sponsoring this year's event and are looking forward to sharing a taste of India with the thousands of Londoners heading to Trafalgar Square.
Mr. Raj Sunani, Assistant Director at India Tourism Office UK
The Diwali festival is not only hugely important to India’s communities the world over, but it also welcomes the world to join in and celebrate. We are proud and excited to be involved in the UK’s largest celebration of Diwali here in London. The Trafalgar Square Diwali celebrations will encapsulate all the joy, colour and vibrancy of Diwali and Indian culture, and I do hope that all Londoners will take the opportunity to spice up their Sunday India-style and come along and join in this free event.
Diwali Celebrations enliven Trafalgar Square in London - Asian Voice
23/10/2013: Diwali Festival unites our great city - GLA Blog
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