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THINGS TO SEE AND DO September also sees the Chiswick Book Festival, five days of authors and readers brought together in celebration of books. Past speakers have included Michael Palin, Jacqueline Wilson, Antonia Fraser and Kate Mosse. In the past six years it has raised over £30,000 for three readingrelated charities and St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park, which hosts and underwrites the festival. Other festival events take place at Chiswick House, Chiswick Library, the Tabard Theatre and the Arts Educational Schools. The holy Hindu festival of Diwali is a five-day celebration in October and November, known as the festival of lights. It is marked in Hindu homes Winter Lights performance in Bell Square

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by earthenware lamps lit up in rows all over the house. Many households set off fireworks, which can be heard across the borough for days. The festival, which is also celebrated by the Sikh and Jain communities, represents a victory of light over darkness and is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. Every October or November there is the switching on of Hounslow High Street’s festive lights signalling the build-up to the Christmas holiday. The occasion is often celebrated with performances and last year’s Winter Lights event at Bell Square saw a fusion of cultures that included Christmas lights and lanterns, bhangra music and Punjabi dancing.

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

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