All the ways to celebrate Diwali around the Houses

How to celebrate Diwali around the Houses | Soho House

From candle making at Soho House 76 Dean Street in London to a big Diwali party at Soho House Mumbai, lose yourself in the festival of lights at our global events

Monday 30 October 2023   By Soho House

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is one of India’s biggest holidays. The five-day celebration takes place around the darkest day of the Hindu lunar calendar and symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness. This year, it will take place from Thursday 9 to Monday 13 November, so you have plenty of time to make some plans.

Traditionally, the celebrations are colourful and bright, including large feasts, gift exchanges and moments of worship. We’ll be hosting many events around our global Houses, so you can get involved and commemorate the holiday in a way that suits you. If you want to go all out, we have a Diwali dance party at Soho House New York and an even bigger celebration at Soho House Mumbai. Alternatively, you can do something low key, such as henna candle making at Soho House 76 Dean Street or an Indian dinner at White City House. 

Scroll on to find out how you can celebrate Diwali around the Houses.   

Teen Patti Casino Night
Thursday 9 November, Soho House New York

Make your way to the Vinyl Room and try your luck at our cultural casino party, hosted by Malai. Teen Patti is a Diwali tradition believed to summon prosperity and good fortune. Get involved in this three-card South Asian iteration of poker and tap into a full slate of casino games, while dancing all night to a playlist curated by DJ Rekha.

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Diwali in pop culture: screening and conversation
Friday 10 November, Soho House New York

Grab a seat in our screening room, where we’ll be showing a mix of shows and moments that depict Diwali in mainstream American culture. This will be followed by a discussion led by Culture House founder, Raeshem Nijhon, and curator and producer, DJ Rekha. To finish the evening, there will be an industry mixer in the club room next door.

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Diwali candle workshop with Pavan Beauty
Monday 6 November, Soho House 76 Dean Street

Experience the magic of Diwali with Pavan Beauty’s henna candle workshop. A skilled henna artist will guide you through the intricacies of designing traditional patterns on plain candles, while learning about the significance of Diwali and the ancient art of henna, an age-old tradition passed down through generations.

Book your place via the Soho House app. 

One Night Only: Baar Baar with chef Sujan Sarkar
Thursday 9 November, Soho Beach House, Miami

Journey into the heart of Indian food with Sujan Sarkar from Baar Baar in Downtown LA. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and a five-course dinner with flavours from Mumbai to Kerala, with the esteemed LA chef guiding you through the evening. 

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Diwali celebration with Baar Baar
Friday 10 November, Soho Beach House, Miami

Start your weekend on a high with a Diwali celebration at Soho Beach House. Head to the Snug for cocktails, special bites by Baar Baar, and dance to rhythmic Bollywood sounds.

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Light it up Diwali dance party
Friday 10 November, Soho House New York

DJ Rekha returns to the Vinyl Room with live visuals and dancers, as well as an eclectic selection of global beats and South Asian sounds that will keep you on the dance floor all night long. Grab a special Diwali cocktail, some South Asian bites, then shake it up in your best outfits. 

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Diwali 2023: dinner with Bindas Eatery
Saturday 11 November, White City House

Head to the eighth floor of our west London House, where Bindas Eatery will take you on a journey through India, serving up street eats, grilled dishes and traditional plates. As well as the food, there will be entertainment for you to enjoy, including a Dhol drummer, a sitar and tabla duo, bhangra dancers and a henna artist. 

Book your place via the Soho House app. 

Diwali 2023: afterparty with Panjabi Hit Squad
Saturday 11 November, White City House 

Following the Diwali dinner, the eighth floor will be transformed into a Diwali night, so you can dance the night away. Panjabi Hit Squad will be on the decks, playing their signature sound, which encompasses urban music mixed with eastern beats. 
Book your place via the Soho House app. 

Soho Celebrates: Diwali
Saturday 11 November, Soho House Holloway

Put on your dancing shoes, dress in colourful festive attire and celebrate Diwali on Soho House Holloway’s rooftop with music and more from Absolute Bollywood. 

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An ode to Bombay: Diwali party
Sunday 12 November, Soho House Mumbai

As part of its fifth anniversary, Soho House Mumbai is hosting a special Diwali party. The evening will be filled with Bollywood tunes with traditional Diwali decor and dress, such as saris and kurtas.  

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