Diwali festivities to start with a bang this weekend in Leicester

By Perry Johnson

Leicester will kick-off its annual Diwali festivities with a bang again this weekend as the city prepares for a fortnight full of performances, colour and culture, in one of the biggest celebrations of the Hindu festival outside of India.


Diwali – The Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights, is a gargantuan annual tradition in the diverse multiethnic community of Leicester

For its launch, festival visitors are invited to freely attend the famous Diwali village in Cossington Street Recreation Ground, near Belgrave Road, open from 3pm to 9pm this Sunday(OCT13).

The day, which typically draws about 35, 000 people of all faiths, will feature dancers, vendors and henna artists alongside the much anticipated light switch-on and aerial firework display.

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