Belgrave Road will be the focus of Leicester’s spectacular Diwali Day celebrations next week, complete with live music, dancing, fireworks and much more.
A special attraction for Diwali Day this year is ‘Dundu’ – a giant illuminated puppet who will mingle with the crowds around the Diwali Village, which will be set up on Cossington Street recreation ground from 3pm on Monday (October 24).
There’ll be live music and dancing on the Belgrave Road stage from 6pm, with a programme put together by the Leicester Hindu Festival Council, while the Wheel of Light – a giant illuminated ferris wheel – will offer a bird’s eye view of the colourful lights and celebrations below.
Fireworks will round off the Diwali Day celebrations at around 8.10pm, with an aerial display producing layers of spectacular colour and sound, exploding hundreds of feet above the Belgrave Road.
The final preparations are being made for the event, which 40,000 people are expected to attend.
“Diwali is an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate the festival of light and to enjoy time with family and friends – and everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations,” said Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Leicester’s deputy mayor for culture, leisure and sport.
“I hope that everyone who visits Belgrave Road on Monday enjoys the lights, the fireworks and some delicious food and I’d like to wish you all a very happy Diwali.”
This year’s Diwali celebrations are supported by the University of Leicester.
More details about road closures taking place as a result of the Diwali Day festival, can be found at: https://visitleicester.info/diwali