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A Ferris wheel measuring more than 100 feet tall will form part of Leicester's Christmas and Diwali celebrations this year.
The attraction, dubbed the 'Leicester Wheel of Light', features twenty four pods and will be lit up at night to provide a focal point for the festivities.
The council has applied for planning permission to site the big wheel in two locations:
- A site off Belgrave Road from the start of half-term on Friday October 16, through to the end of Diwali on Sunday November 15.
- Jubilee Square in time for the switch-on of the city’s Christmas lights on Sunday November 22, staying there until Saturday January 2.
“It will add to the wonderful atmosphere that’s created at these events, and give visitors a birds-eye view of the colourful Diwali and Christmas lights that will adorn the Belgrave Road and the city centre from November through to the New Year”.
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.
"Diwali really shows Leicester at its best, and are a real treat for anyone, especially those who have never experienced the spectacle for themselves."
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.
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.
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 is such a wonderful time of year. It's when we celebrate our Hindu traditions, a time for celebration, thanksgiving and reflection, and for supporting those who are less fortunate than us.