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Thousands celebrate Diwali

Thousands of people celebrated Diwali last night, with many taking to Leicester's Belgrave Road for restaurants, shops and fireworks.

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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 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

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