Diwali set to light up Leicester

Leicester’s Diwali celebrations return to light up our streets this October.

Diwali has been celebrated in Leicester for many years and it is one of the most significant cultural events in the Hindu, Sikh and Jain calendars.

The celebrations in Leicester are one of the biggest Diwali events outside of India.

The festival kicks off with the famous lights switch-on event on Sunday 8 October and culminates with a glorious fireworks display and entertainment on Diwali Day on Thursday 19 October.

Over 40,000 people are expected to watch the illumination of the Diwali lights on the Golden Mile on Sunday 8 October. This will include a vibrant programme of music and dance.

The stage performances will begin at 5.30pm with the lights turned on at 7.30pm on Belgrave Road.

A wide range of events will be taking place around the city during the fortnight. This includes the return of the Wheel of Light, a showcase of the history of Diwali at New Walk Museum and a Diwali family day at the Curve.

The Golden Mile will be bathed in light throughout the festive period until Diwali Day, when the celebrations continue at Cossington Street Recreation Ground and the Golden Mile.

The famous firework show will begin at 6pm on Diwali day, after another set of vibrant stage performances which will kick-off at 3pm.

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