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Pictures from last night's Rangoli artwork competition at the Diwali celebrations in Leicester.
Thousands of people crammed onto Leicester's Golden Mile last night for the city's annual Diwali celebrations.
Visitors enjoyed the light switch on, dance performances and the traditional firework display, for the Hindu festival of light.
Thousands of people attended this year's Diwali light switch-on celebrations in Leicester.
Crowds at the annual event, held on the city's Golden Mile (Belgrave Road), were treated to an array of colourful and exciting performances by dancers, who showcased both traditional and contemporary styles.
Leicester MPs Keith Vaz, Liz Kendall and Jon Ashworth were among those taking to the stage to welcome people to the event.
The Chief Constable of Leicestershire, Simon Cole, thanked those who took part in the donor drive held to find a match for Rik Basra, the police officer who has taken part in a campaign to encourage more prospective South Asian donors to come forward after he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Rik and wife Kas held the first of a series of public events to recruit potentially life-saving blood stem cell donors to the national register, maintained by the Anthony Nolan charity.
Volunteers from the charity were also out in force, encouraging people to register as prospective donors at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre.
Thousands gathered this evening to mark the beginning of Diwali.
On top of the highly anticipated lights switch on, revellers were entertained by live music, dancers, fireworks and a laser display.
Thousands of people have gathered in Leicester to see the switch on of the festival lights, which signal the beginning of Diwali.
The illumination switch on will be followed by a firework and laser show.
The event is considered one of the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India.
One of the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India is about to start in Leicester.
Final stage preparations are being made on Belgrave Road, where up to 35,000 people are expected to gather to see the festival lights being switched on – symbolising the start of Diwali.
A firework and laser display will follow the illuminations, which are due to begin at 7pm.
This year's Diwali Day celebration takes place on Tuesday 13th November.
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Diwali is one of the most well-known South Asian religious festivals.