PICTURES: Diwali 2013 celebrations in Trafalgar Square

15:32 28 October 2013

Diwali celebrations 2013 in Trafalgar Square on October 27. Picture: Keith Larby/Alamy Live News

Diwali celebrations 2013 in Trafalgar Square on October 27. Picture: Keith Larby/Alamy Live News

(c) copyright citizenside.com

Thousands of people gathered in Trafalgar Square at the weekend to celebrate Diwali.

The Festival of Lights was marked with music and dance performances at the London landmark.

Diwali is a five-day festival celebrated in India and other countries around the world by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.

In London revellers gathered to watch a number of traditional and contemporary acts including musician Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, who died last year.

Ms Shankar said: “It feels really special to me to be connected to Diwali in London especially as I was born here and recently moved back to the city.”

The free event on Sunday also included traditional Garba dancing and activities for children.

Trafalgar Square was decorated with a number of colourful flower sculptures and many visitors took advantage of over a dozen stalls selling exotic food.

Sunday’s event was organised by the Mayor’s office in partnership with media partner Zee and the Diwali in London committee.

•See pictures from the celebrations in our gallery.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
[Photograph by Carl Cullinane]

Thousands of people have been evacuated, West End plays have been cancelled, and onlookers are ‘struggling to breathe’ due to an underground electrical fire that is still raging in Holborn.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Passenger at Euston station were left stranded after the fatality (Pic: Getty Images)

Services between Euston and Tring are up and running again, after an earlier fatality at Hemel Hempstead forced rail bosses to suspend journeys.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Crouch End's iconic Clock Tower took a battering from high winds.

The historic 150-year-old clock tower in Crouch End has collapsed following high winds overnight.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Stevie the Fox will not be coming to London (Pic: Getty Images

A pop-up fox café has been cancelled after an outcry from animal rights campaigners.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Rancadaore's wife (left) and daughter (right) have pubicly supported him throughout his extradition battle (Pic: Getty Images)

An Italian mafia boss discovered living in Uxbridge has won his extradition battle and can stay in the UK.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Vroom! You could be emmersed in the action at the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship fires into Brands Hatch on 17/18/19 April for one of the most anticipated seasons in recent years as 39 riders are set for two fierce contests on the 1.2 mile Indy circuit.

Read more