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Diwali Day celebrations in Leicester

The annual Diwali parade on Leicester's Belgrave Road Credit: ITV News Central

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.

A Diwali firework display Credit: ITV News Central

"Diwali really shows Leicester at its best, and are a real treat for anyone, especially those who have never experienced the spectacle for themselves."

– Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Assistant City Mayor and chair of the Diwali working party

Diwali celebrations in Birmingham

Diwali is being celebrated in Birmingham today Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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.

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Thousands attend Diwali celebrations in Leicester

Leicester's Belgrave Road last night Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of people attended Leicester's Diwali celebrations last night. Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

Thousands gather in Leicester to celebrate Diwali Credit: ITV News Central

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.

Last-minute rehearsals as Diwali Day celebration looms

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.

Traditional dancers celebrate Diwali Credit: ITV News Central

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.

Thousands of people have been visiting Leicester Credit: ITV News Central
Candles are lit as part of the religious celebrations Credit: ITV News Central

Diwali Day fireworks show to be 'best ever'

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.

We look forward to once again welcoming thousands of visitors to the Golden Mile to share in our festivities.

The fireworks promise to be among the best we have ever seen, and along with the wonderful atmosphere created by our Diwali lights, they make Leicester the place to be on Diwali Day.

– Councillor Piara Singh Clair

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Thousands expected at Golden Mile for Diwali Day

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.

Diwali Day celebrations Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

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 in Leicester

Celebrations last year at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Leicester Credit: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Leicester
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Leicester Credit: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Leicester
Celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Leicester Credit: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Leicester

Diwali Day preparations are getting underway in Leicester - which every year hosts some of the biggest celebrations outside of India.

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