Wrap up warm for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on, or join in with a wealth of activities and celebrations leading up to the epic finale on Diwali Day.
To mark the start of Diwai, the Belgrave Road area of Leicester is bathed in twinkling lights, with a Festival of Light opening party on Sunday 13 October. For the next two weeks, the city comes alive with theatre performances, craft activities, parades, exhibitions and, of course, mouth-watering food. All faiths and races join in with the festivities, with thousands coming along to see the light switch-on, and even more attending the culmination of cultural celebrations on Diwali Day.
Alongside a firework spectacular that fills the night sky with spell-binding colour and light, the 27 October will see an array of Bollywood dances, music performances and dazzling fashion. It's a street party like no other.