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

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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.

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