London's Pakistani-origin mayor Sadiq Khan has already launched the annual Diwali celebrations at the Trafalgar Square, featuring a mix of music, dance and live performances to mark the festival with people of "all backgrounds". The event Diwali on Trafalgar Square (DOTS), demonstrates the unity of various diverse organisations working en masse with the Mayor of London to organise an inspirational and entertaining free public event annually.
The free event is organised to mark Diwali by the Mayor of London's office and the Diwali in London Committee and is supported by Jet Airways and the Incredible India campaign.
"This year we celebrate 15th year of Diwali in Trafalgar Square, London. This wonderful festival is filled with lights, lamps, music, sweets and gifts, but the Diwali story is more than the story of a single day of festive celebrations. It is a story of dedication to the pursuance and protection of the truth, justice, cooperation and respect", said the mayor's office.
This year, the Mayor of London has also invited members of the public to share their Diwali stories on social media. The Diwali festival actually runs for five days, with the main celebrations happening on the third day in most places in India.