Diwali in Leicester
Known for being one of the biggest celebrations outside of India, Leicester’s celebration of Diwali has it all, from dance, fireworks, food and fashion making it the perfect place to enjoy Diwali. This year’s festivities begin with the illumination of the Diwali lights along Belgrave Road, on Leicester’s ‘Golden Mile’, on Sunday 9 October. A dazzling roster of dance and music on the Belgrave Road stage, which is presented by the Leicester Hindu Festival Council and Leicester City Council attracts up to 40,000 people annually during Diwali in Leicester.
The stage programme for Diwali lights switch-on runs from 5.30pm - 8pm on Belgrave Road with the lights turned on at 7.30pm followed by the fireworks, which this year can be viewed from Belgrave Road. The Diwali Village on Cossington Street Recreation Ground will feature a full stage programme showcasing local talent, children’s fun-fair rides and stalls including food and concessions, from 3pm - 9pm. There is also a fantastic selection of events taking place around Leicester during the fortnight including a Diwali Mela Bazaar, Rangoli exhibition and waterside celebrations.
Throughout the festive period until Diwali Day ‘The Golden Mile’ will be blanketed in light, as events continue to take place on Cossington Street Recreation Ground and other venues in the City Centre. On the day of celebration, Monday 24th October, the Diwali village will be hosted on Cossington Street Recreation Ground from 3pm and will include a full stage programme of family friendly entertainment and at 6pm it will be presented by the Leicester Hindu Festival Council. This year Leicester’s Wheel of Light returns. The big wheel will be located on Belgrave Road from Friday 7 October - Sunday 6 November.
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