Diwali-Festival of Lights: A Civic Celebration on Thursday 4th November 2021

In conjunction with Dublin City Council, Ireland India Council is delighted to invite our members and communities to join us in celebrating Diwali-Festival of Lights to be celebrated in a hybrid event in the City Hall, Dublin2 on Thursday 4 November 2021. The event will be in line with the Government guidelines and COVID-19 protocols. A limited number of people will attend it in person, and it will be live broadcast on various platforms for our wider communities.

The civic celebration of Diwali is a spectacular event in Ireland that encompasses and invites members and peers from across communities to share the joys and wondrous Diwali celebration with our communities and leading personalities from businesses, academics, and politics across Ireland.

The annual celebration of Diwali signifies Irish relations with the communities celebrating the festival of lights in Ireland. It marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Over 1.3 billion people celebrate Diwali in India alone. Diwali is also an official holiday in India, Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and many other nations. Diwali is similar to Christmas. With the conjunction of Dublin City Council, we have been celebrating Diwali- Festival of Lights in Ireland since 2008. The message of the 2021 Diwali celebration applies to people and communities of all backgrounds. The event will include, Irish-Indian music and visual arts and statements from the dignitaries.

Attendees must Adhere Following COVID-19 related rules protocols all the time: 

  1. Please do not attend the event if you have any symptoms or feel unwell.
  2. Please provide proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months to the Ireland India Council at rsvp@irelandindiacouncil.ie; otherwise, we are not in a position to permit any guest to attend the event.
  3. Co-operate with all instructions and house rules. i.e. wear a face covering at all times in the venue. Adhere to the queue/entry system, and Please do not touch microphones and avoid sharing pens, etc.
  4. Adhere to the ‘no hand shaking’ policy at all times.
  5. Adhere to the ‘Walk on the Left’ protocol for access/egress routes.
  6. Please do not congregate in groups outside the City Hall pre and post-event.
  7. Keep your personal belongings with you at all times during the event.

What can I bring to the event?

An electronic or paper ticket is required for every person attending, including children. Please do not bring backpacks or oversized items. Glass or cans, alcohol, and any weapon will not be permitted. 


The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone under the influence of alcohol.


Professional photographers need to inform the organiser, and they need to take care of General Data Protection Regulation-GDPR at the Diwali Celebration.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You may ring at 01-4131241 between 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday, or you may also contact through email at info@irelandindiacouncil.ie.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No, it is not transferable as COVID-19 related restrictions are person-specific.

The Dress Code: Formal & National

Thursday 4th November 2021

Opening Ceremony from 07.45-9.45.00 Civic Celebration Running Order (subject to change & all times approx)Introduction/Welcome – by IIC and DCC

  1. Opening Remarks by dignitaries
  2. The lighting of the Diwali Candle/Lamp – Background Music 
  3. Irish-Indian Music
  4. Rest of the evening for social interactions with social distancing.

Closing of Diwali - Festival of Lights
on Monday 16 November 2020 at 04.00 pm -Irish Time


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Supported By

Dublin City Council
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Embassy of India, Ireland
Crowley Millar Solicitors LLP
Bank of Ireland