Celebrations will be held later for Diwali Day in Leicester. Festivities are taking place in Cossington Street Recreation Ground.
Diwali celebrations in Leicester attract around 35,000 people from across the country. They are among the biggest outside the Indian subcontinent.
The Hindu Council of Birmingham are gearing up for Diwali celebrations in the city today. There will be stalls, exhibitions and entertainment and around 100,000 people are expected to attend, including the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
Thousands of people attended Leicester's Diwali celebrations last night. Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.
Last night's celebrations saw Belgrave Road, the city's Golden Mile, closed to traffic as thousands of people from all faiths and cultures take to the shops and restaurants before a firework display in Cossington Park.
After weeks of preparation and rehearsals, the curtain is almost ready to rise on tonight's Diwali Day celebration in Leicester.
ITV News Central was invited to see some of the last-minute preparations take place.
Many people headed to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, to light candles and pray, while others rehearsed speeches, designed crafts and enjoyed live music as part of the annual festival.
From 5.30pm, Belgrave Road in Leicester will be closed to traffic to make way for the annual Diwali Day celebrations.
The road will reopen at 9.30pm.
The Diwali Day fireworks show in Leicester's Golden Mile this evening is set to be the "best ever", a councillor has claimed.
Leicester's annual Diwali celebrations have earned themselves a reputation as being the biggest outside India.
Councillor Piara Singh Clair, from Leicester City Council, welcomed the annual festivities.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to Leicester's Golden Mile this evening for a 20-minute fireworks display to cap off the city's Diwali Day celebrations.
More than 6,500 lights have adorned the streets for the Hindu festival, and tonight the celebrations begin at 6.30pm.
Gold and silver fireworks will draw Rangoli patterns in the sky, while giant Diwali lamps, fire trees, dancing and other entertainment will all be taking place throughout the evening.
Diwali Day preparations are getting underway in Leicester - which every year hosts some of the biggest celebrations outside of India.
Nearly thirty five thousand people turned out last night to see the official switch-on of the Diwali lights along Leicester's famous Golden Mile. Diwali day itself is still two weeks away, but the celebrations have already started, Rajiv Popat reports.