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Diwali, Festivals, See & Do in Leicester

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Diwali

Fireworks across the dark winter sky, tempting and exotic aromas of Indian feasts in the air, music and laughter, celebration and lights… colourful lights, everywhere: this is Diwali in Leicester, and it truly is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Diwali celebrations in Leicester are famously some of the biggest and best outside of India. The festivities are loudest along Belgrave Road, in the heart of the city's Asian community, where the two main events take place each year.

The fantastic Diwali lights switch-on brings the Golden Mile alive with light and colour – be prepared to gaze in wonder at an explosion of fireworks and over 6,000 lights, twinkling against the night sky. Two weeks of cultural celebrations are rounded off on Diwali day with a bang! A spectacular fireworks show is the culmination of a night of Bollywood dances and music performances.

This is a street party like no other – over 35,000 people of all faiths attend the switch on of the lights on the Golden Mile, and even more come along on Diwali day itself to experience the buzzing street atmosphere, be dazzled by colourful fashion and gold jewellery shops and indulge in the mouth-watering food on offer from some of the country’s finest Indian restaurants.

But it’s not all about the Golden Mile. The Diwali lights radiate out across the city in the form of a cultural event programme – from theatre performances to craft activities, cultural talks and exhibitions – there’s events for people of all ages and cultures to learn about and get involved with the celebratory spirit of the festival.

Check out some of the events that make up the Diwali 2017 programme below. For a full event listing that you can print out, along with road closure information for the Light Switch on and Diwali Day celebrations, please see the Diwali 2017 Guide.

Travelling into Leicester for the celebrations? On Sunday 8 October and Thursday 19 October a special Park & Ride service will be running. Leave your car and get into the city hassle-free - check out the Travel to Leicester page for more details.

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