Diwali Online

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Date and time: 
Saturday 14 November 2020 | online
Family fun

Celebrate the lunar festival, Diwali, from home with stories, activities and more to enhance your family's celebrations. 

To celebrate Diwali the National Maritime Museum is releasing a whole host of resources to add to festivities at home.

Scroll down to see what you can get involved in.

Welcome to Diwali 2020!

Watch a Rangoli being created on the floor of the National Maritime Museum


What's on

Performances from the Epika Dance Troup

Diwali Online 2020 - Epika Dance Troup

Epika Dance is an International Bollywood Fusion Troupe based in London recognised for their unique fusion of Indian (Bhangra, kathak, garba, gidha and Bollywood), Japanese and Hiphop styles. Epika stands for Empowerment, Passion, Inspiration, Knowledge & Ambition. The company was Founded by Emiko Jane Ishii who trains people to become leaders in dance that will also help to inspire and evolve the future of dance.

Join us on Facebook at 4pm for three performances from Epika, filmed at the Queen's House, to celebrate Diwali. Performances include Bhangra and Giddha, Bhangra hiphop fusion and Kathak.

Watch live

Craft activities to try at home

Artist, Meera Chauda, has created craft activities for families to do at home to celebrate the festival of light.

Make a Rangoli decoration

Make a Diwali lantern

Check out the Diwali zine

This special publication is made up of submissions from South Asian communities in London and around the world.

'I created this zine to celebrate the persistent creativity of queer communities and how we keep traditions alive while cultivating our own,' says editor Anju Kasturiraj. 

Anju is the Community Facilitator for the Migrations, Heritage and Belonging project at Royal Musems Greenwich. As well as the Diwali zine, she's also recorded a podcast in conversation with Hansika Jethnani, a queer poet and activist. Listen in to find out more about Diwali, religious violence, and queer interfaith spaces.

Read the Zine

Listen to the podcast

Explore connections between London's docks and India

Meet Raj Fernandes, a dockworker living and working in London in the nineteenth century. Learn about the cargoes brought into London, the pay and working conditions along the docks, and Raj’s own story of life in London as a Lascar and the diverse communities he lived amongst in sailor town.


Explore connections between Greenwich and India

Delve into the collection and discover objects relating to India in the Museum's collection.

Explore the collection

Moon Gazing




Try your hand at Moon gazing with the Royal Observatory. Follow the advice in this video to get closer to our neighbour, the Moon. 

Participate and Share

This Diwali we are asking families to share their Diwali recipe! 

Do you have a recipe that your family prepares every year? Send it in, with an image and sentence about why it is you like to cook this particular dish for Diwali, and add it to our online recipe hub for others to see.

Send them in to kcassels@rmg.co.uk

How to make akki kadela bele payasa

How to make Chilli Paneer

How to make Sholay

How to make Bhatura

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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