Diwali 2018: Whats going on in Redbridge?

PUBLISHED: 17:20 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:16 01 November 2018

A celebration exploring the history and origins of Diwali at Avanti Court Primary School last year. Photo: Ken Mears

A celebration exploring the history and origins of Diwali at Avanti Court Primary School last year. Photo: Ken Mears


The borough’s Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities are gearing up to celebrate Diwali – the festival of lights – this month.

Diwali is set to take place on Wednesday, November 7 this year.

Its date changes every year based on the Hindu lunar calendar, known as Tithi.

While traditionally considered Hindu it is celebrated by other faiths too, including Sikhs and Jains, marked with street parties and firework displays.

The five-day festival marks the Hindu story about an exiled prince, Rama, who saved his kidnapped wife Sita by killing the demon king.

People light lamps and let off fireworks as a reminder of the Ramayana epic, where people lit lamps to help the Rama and Sita find their way home, but also as a symbol of light overcoming darkness.

Many Hindus also use the festival to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, by reciting prayers to her for another successful year.

Here are some of the events taking place in the borough:

Diwali Night

Light Up London Committee is holding a Diwali Night at The Green, in High Road, Chigwell on Saturday, November 3 from 6.30pm.

The event will be followed by a fireworks display in Roding Hall, Ongar Road, Abridge, at 8pm.

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £4 for children and must be booked in advance.

Visit for more details.

Shubham Diwali Dinner

Shubham group are also organising a “Diwali Dinner and Dance Bash” at Mayfair Venue, in High Road, Chadwell Heath on Saturday, November 10 from 6pm.

The event will include a four course dinner, a rocking DJ and professional.

For more information and to book a place contact Deepak Shukla on 07429163907

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