Diwali – the Festival of Light – has brought a splash of colour to Canary Wharf.
Let’s face it, November in lockdown might well be on track to be the dullest month of the year, were it not for a handful of festive light displays popping up around town. Happily, one of the most enchanting can now be found in Canary Wharf until Sunday, as a colourful Diwali display is now floating in the Jubilee Park fountain.
For those unfamiliar with Diwali, it’s the Hindu festival which symbolises the triumph of light over dark, and is the biggest and brightest of all Hindu celebrations. (It’s also a pretty welcome arrival as the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.) Canary Wharf’s multicoloured celebration uses floating flowers, inspired by the Rangoli patterns common in India during Diwali.
Each floating installation uses a battery-powered candle to produce a pretty flickering effect, honouring Diwali’s status as the Festival of Light. You’ll find them floating in the water features of Jubilee Park, right next to Canary Wharf station, and they’ll be in place until Sunday, November 15.
The colourful flowers can be enjoyed in a safe environment, with guests asked to follow social distancing rules when visiting. Of course, with England in lockdown until early December, you shouldn’t just hop on a Tube to see them, but if you’re still working in Canary Wharf or fancy a brisk walk there, the flowers are definitely worth seeing!
For more dazzling light installations, read all about the Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Covent Garden Christmas lights.
Also published on Medium.