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18 November
10.30am - 3.30pm
Free with entry

Diwali events in London

Join us on Saturday 18 November to celebrate Diwali. Visitors from all backgrounds are welcome to join our free* activities for the special day.

Follow Goddess Lakshmi’s footsteps across our conservation zoo to enter Land of the Lions - home to Asiatic lions Bhanu and Arya, part of the vital global breeding programme for the endangered species.

As you step into the faithful recreation of a Gujarati village, visitors to Land of the Lions can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of India for the Hindu celebration; wander through a traditional Indian high street, enjoy delicious street food, and take part in colourful crafting - including decorating Land of the Lions with rangoli art and making window decorations to take home.

Drawing Rangoli at London Zoo
Step into Diwali with our vibrant festival activities

London Zoo Diwali activities

All held at Land of the Lions between 10.30am and 3.30pm

•    Enjoy delicious street food from our Amreli street food outlet
•    Our mehndi artists will be on-hand to adorn you with decorative, festive henna patterns
•    Vibrant, traditional arts and crafts – make window adornments and decorative rangoli designs
•    Step into Diwali - immerse yourself in our traditional music, glowing diyas and colourful garlands and decorations

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* Free with zoo entry, proceeds raised from tickets to Diwali at London Zoo support international conservation charity ZSL’s vital work for wildlife across the globe.

When is Diwali 2023?

Diwali is on Sunday 12 November 2023. We recognise that most of you celebrating will be at home with your families and will have decorated the area for the big day, but welcome you all to join us for a fun-packed activities programme on the following weekend, on Saturday 18 November.

What is Diwali?

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most ancient and widely celebrated festivals in India, with a rich and diverse history that spans thousands of years. The festival's historical origins are rooted in different religious and cultural traditions, making it a multifaceted and inclusive celebration.

One of the most common historical narratives behind Diwali is its association with Hinduism. It is believed to commemorate the return of Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, from their exile and the defeat of the demon king Ravana. The lighting of lamps and fireworks during Diwali symbolises the victory of light and righteousness over darkness and evil.

Diwali involves the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and prosperity and Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. Together, the pooja of Lakshmi and Ganesha signifies the pursuit of wealth with wisdom and integrity, and the desire for a prosperous and obstacle-free life.

Over the centuries, Diwali has evolved into a unifying festival that transcends religious boundaries. It's a time for families and communities to come together, exchange gifts, light lamps, have fireworks, and share in the joy of new beginnings. The history of Diwali reflects the diverse cultural tapestry of India and the universal themes of light, hope, and the triumph of good over evil that continue to resonate with people of all backgrounds.

Head to Land of the Lions for our Diwali activities

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