Diwali Celebrations In Leicester

One of the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India is taking place in Leicester tonight. Here you will find Diwali facts and information on times and places.

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Thousands take part in Leicester's Diwali celebrations

Illuminations along Leicester's Golden Mile Credit: ITV Central

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.

Fireworks at the Cossington Street Recreation Ground Credit: ITV Central
Young and old watching the firework display at the Cossington Street Recreation Ground Credit: ITV Central
Dancers entertain visitors on a stage underneath the Belgrave flyover Credit: ITV Central
Dancers in action on stage Credit: ITV Central
Crowds along the Belgrave Road admire the lights Credit: ITV Central
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Thousands attend Golden Mile Diwali lights switch-on celebrations

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.

Sir Peter Soulsby among the guests who led the switch-on Credit: ITV Central
The switch-on brightens up the Golden Mile Credit: ITV Central
Belgrave Road after the lights were switched on Credit: ITV Central
Leicester MPs Keith Vaz, Liz Kendall and Jon Ashworth welcomed the crowds Credit: ITV Central
Dancers in colourful outfits entertain thousands of onlookers Credit: ITV Central
Performances on stage entertained crowds ahead of the switch-on Credit: ITV Central
Dancers performed traditional and contemporary Indian dances Credit: ITV Central
Performances on stage entertained crowds ahead of the switch-on Credit: ITV Central
Leicestershire's Chief Constable thanks potential bone marrow donors Credit: ITV Central
People eagerly anticipate fireworks in Cossington Park Credit: ITV Central
Fireworks at Cossington Park Credit: ITV Central
Fireworks at Cossington Park Credit: ITV Central

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Diwali celebrations underway in Leicester

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.

Thousands line Belgrave Road in Leicester Credit: ITV Central
Dancers entertain thousands in Leicester Credit: ITV Central
A lone Dhol player kicks off the celebration Credit: ITV Central

Diwali celebrations about to begin in Leicester

Stage being prepared for Diwali Credit: ITV Central

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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