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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.

Thousands attend Diwali celebrations in Leicester

by Nimesh Joshi
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.

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

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
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.

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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.

Thousands celebrate Diwali lights switch-on in Leicester

The moment the lights were switched on in the Belgrave Road area Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands turned out last night to see Leicester's Diwali lights switched on, and celebrations begin.

More than 6,500 lights were turned on along the Golden Mile. Leicester's celebrations are organised by the City Council and the Leicester Hindu Festival Council, and are among the biggest outside of India.

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