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Diwali celebrations at Kedleston Hall

Yellow, red and orange shola pith (indian cork) displayed in rangoli artwork
Hand-crafted Shola Pith (Indian cork) marigold flowers in celebration of Diwali at Kedleston Hall | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

Over Diwali, visitors can experience Kedleston Hall transformed by music, light installations and filled with the warm colour of marigolds and flickering diya lamps.

About Diwali

Known to many as the ‘Festival of Light’ Diwali is the most celebrated festival in India and is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The festival, which means different things to different religions and people, is celebrated over five days in late autumn (the start date changes yearly and is worked out using a calendar based on the cycles of the moon.) Many people light diyas and entrances of homes are decorated with rangolis.

Kedleston connections to India

George Nathaniel Curzon (1859–1925) of Kedleston Hall, commonly known as Lord Curzon was appointed Viceroy of India in 1899. The family moved to Calcutta (Kolkata) and lived at Government House, a palace coincidentally modelled after Kedleston, during this period. The Museum at Kedleston has many South Asian objects (owing to Lord Curzon’s travels) and there are several objects in the collection that reflect this history.

Diyas (indian lamps) lit for Diwali in flower pattern on a wooden floor
Diyas lit for Diwali at Kedleston Hall | © National Trust Images/Steve Franklin

Lighting up Kedleston for Diwali

In previous years in celebration of Diwali, we have had rangoli patterns (in collaboration with Surtal Arts) on the South Lawn at Kedleston Hall. In 2023 we expanded our Diwali celebrations and lit the Hall with light projections of rangoli patterns (colourful traditional patterns created on the floor. There were also traditional decorations of marigolds (traditionally used for festive occasions in India) and diyas (small clay oil lamps.)

Visitors across all communities locally and beyond are warmly invited to join us in celebration of Diwali at Kedleston Hall in 2024. We will publish further information on this page so please check back here for more details nearer the time.

दिवाली की शुभ कामनाएँ

ਬੰਦੀ ਛੋੜ ਦਿਵਸ ਦੇ ਅਫਸਰ ਤੇ ਲੱਖ ਲੱਖ ਵਧਾਈ

Orange, red and yellow yarn crafted marigold Rangoli display
Rangoli display in the Dressing Room at Kedleston Hall | © National Trust Images/Steve Franklin