Diwali in lockdown in LOndon

Photograph: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire/Canary Wharf

It’s traditional over Diwali to light lamps and candles in homes, shops and public places – it is the festival of lights after all. In honour of this tradition, Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Park fountain is being filled with floating flower installations, each one inspired by rangoli patterns and lit up with a flickering candle. Head there after dark over the five days of the festival to see them glowing.

Photograph: Tate, Joe Humphrys

Sure, all of London’s museums and galleries are closed, but Tate Britain wasn’t about to let lockdown 2.0 get in the way of things. The museum’s new annual winter commission, unveiled this week, is a dazzling display of lights by Chila Kumari Burman taking over the front of the gallery to celebrate Diwali. It’s an eye-popping patchwork of neons, Bollywood and glitter, and if that doesn’t give you a little bit of cheer through lockdown, nothing will. Tate Britain. Nov 14th until the end of January. Free.



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