Diwali in UK

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How to Celebrate Diwali in UK as an International Student

The festival of lights is a few days away and Diwali preparations in India have started in every household. The excitement to burst crackers, light diyas and draw rangolis is unlimited. Surpassing boundaries, the glorious festival is now celebrated in every country, city and town wherever the Indian community is present. Among the many countries, UK has the greatest Diwali celebrations outside of India! Indian students studying in UK universities are one of the major reasons for such grand celebrations of Diwali in UK. 

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Diwali in UK for Indian Students

If you are an Indian student in UK, we know how you feel homesick every time Diwali arrives. Video calls with family often leave you feeling low. Looking at past photos covers you in nostalgia and all you want to do is take the first flight back to India. 

What if we tell you that Diwali in UK is being celebrated with the same grandeur and welcoming environment as India? All you have to do is put on some traditional clothes, take your peers along and celebrate a Diwali you will remember forever! Read this blog and know about the Diwali events happening in 2021 in UK. 

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Diwali Events for Indian Students to Attend 

We’ve brought to you all the Diwali events happening in UK from this week onwards. 

Date (2021) Program  Location
23rd October  Diwali Festival (4pm-10pm) Trafalgar Square, London
24th October  Diwali Festival (11 am-6 pm) Douglas Avenue, Wembley
24th October  Dandiya and Diwali Festival (5 pm onwards) Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading
23rd October  Godiva Lions Diwali Dinner (7 pm onwards) Mercia Venue, Coventry
30th October  Diwali In Luton (12 pm-7 pm) St.George’s Square, Luton
30th October  Diwali Spectacular 2021 (2 pm-5 pm) Orley Farm School, Harrow
30th October  Diwali Dhamaka 2021 (7 pm onwards) AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester
30th October  Northampton Diwali (5pm-6.30pm) Market Square, Northampton
30th October  Diwali Festival 2021 in South London (6 pm-9 pm)  Wallington High School of Girls, Wallington
30th October  Diwali Dine and Dance (7 pm-3 am) Sattavis Patidar Centre, Wembley 
30th October  Diwali Dhamaka Dinner and Dance (6.45 pm-11.45 pm) Fairlops Waters Country Part, Ilford
6th November  Deepavali: The Festival of Light (9 am-8 pm) Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham
6th November  Sizzling Diwali 2021 (5 pm) The Grange Academy, Bushey 
4th-7th November Diwali in St.Albans (11 am-5 pm) St. Albans Museum and Gallery, St. Albans
5th November  Diwali Dinner and Dance Party (5 pm-11 pm) Spice Oven Indian and Chinese Restaurant, Reading 
6th November  CIA Mega Diwali Celebrations (6 pm-11 pm) Hamptons Sports and Leisure, Chelmsford
4th November  Diwali Puja (6 pm-8 pm) Edinburgh Hindu Mandir And Cultural Centre
20th November  Diwali Celebration (4 pm onwards) Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham
6th November  A Celebration of the Festival of Light (12 am) The Lotus Sanctuary, Didcot
20th November  Morley Indians Annual Diwali Get Together (6.30 pm-11 pm) Morley Town Hall, Leeds
3rd November  Diwali Ball 2021 (7 pm onwards) Oxford Town Hall, Oxford
6th November  Sparkling Night Diwali Special Dinner and Dance (7 pm-12 am) Ramgarhia Community Centre, Leicester
6th November  Bollywood Diwali Party (7 pm-1 am) The Platinum Suite, Leicester

So many events and don’t each of them sound super interesting to attend? Delicious food, a vibrant Indian community and Bollywood are all you need for this Diwali in UK! Well, share this blog with your university buddies and decide where you’d like to go for Diwali together!

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Leicester- Biggest Diwali Celebration in UK 

Source: BBC

For years, celebrations in Leicester make it the biggest Diwali in UK. In 2020, unfortunately, the celebration didn’t see the same enthusiasm and crowd due to the pandemic. Cultural programs, delicious Indian food and a sparkling wheel of light make Diwali in Leicester happening. As the world opens up, Diwali in Leicester is going to be bigger and better. The University of Leicester is going to host the grand Diwali bash in Leicester this year.

  • Wheel of Light (22nd October to 7th November)
  • Diwali Lights Switch On (24th October)
  • Diwali Day (4th November)

To know which routes are open and the exact location of Diwali Celebrations, read the Diwali guide for Leicester.

Diwali Celebrations in UK Universities 

Indians started going to UK for studies in the 1840s. Since then, the number of Indian students going to the best universities in UK for their education has only increased. UK Universities have therefore accommodated celebrating Indian festivals like Diwali majestically. Amongst the biggest Diwali celebrations in the top universities in the world, UK universities rank highly. Let’s have a look at how some of the top universities celebrate Diwali in UK:

Oxford University

On 3rd November 2021, Oxford University invites all Indian students to attend the Diwali Ball at Oxford Town Hall hosted by the Oxford University Hindu Society. Have a look at the Diwali Ball celebrations in 2019 in this video.

Youtube: ThisIsMani

Cambridge University

The Cambridge University Hindu Cultural Society holds Diwali Celebrations every year for Indian students. In 2019, they hosted a grand Diwali Dinner and in 2020 they celebrated a quiet yet scintillating Diwali virtually. 

London School of Economics

One of the oldest and largest university celebrations for Diwali in UK happen at the London School of Economics. The Diwali Bash was co-hosted by King’s College London in 2013. Since the pandemic, events have slowed down due to restrictions and regulations. 

Source: Strand of Silk

Diwali in UK is not just a festival but an emotion of togetherness. Indian students who feel nostalgic and homesick during these festive days should leave their dorms and attend these warm Diwali festivities. As the saying goes, anywhere I find an Indian, is where my family is. Leverage Edu wishes you a happy Diwali in advance and hopes to see you conquer your inner evils of fear and loneliness with happiness and joy. 

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