Lantern Parade & After Party, Woking Town Centre

lantern parade

On Thursday 12 October 2017, 6pm Woking will come alive with a stunning parade of colourful lanterns to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

This lively, colourful event is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. Celebrated by Jains and Sikhs, as well as Hindus, the Festival of Lights marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

The parade starts at 6pm, outside the Library in Gloucester Square. Featuring shining beacons of hope, the parade will be led by traditional musicians and performers and the procession crowd will be adorned with delicately handcrafted lanterns, created by the local community.  

In the lead up to the parade local schools will enjoy a range of educational workshops exploring a variety of Diwali traditions, with many schools and community groups creating their own unique lanterns for the parade. Please get in touch if you're interested in taking part.

You can also get involved by making your own lantern at home using the online instruction manual from the website (on your right hand side).

The Diwali after party will take place at the H.G. Wells Centre from 7.15pm, and will feature a varied programme of Indian music, song and dance, and delicious Indian cuisine.

For more information please contact Tara Stevenson, Arts Development Officer, at arts@woking.gov.uk or 01483 743696.

Diwali Drummers