Diwali returns to Leicester

People in colourful masks at Diwali in Leicester

Each year Leicester is host to one of the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India. And this year will be no different.

This ancient festival celebrated worldwide represents the universal message of good over evil, truth over falsehood, and light shining through the dark of the year. Diwali also represents the start of the New Year and the beginning of winter.

Everyone is welcome to join the festivities! Beginning along Belgrave Road, Leicester’s ‘Golden Mile’ will be illuminated throughout the celebration, reaching through to streets to city-wide events.

Other events include the Diwali Wheel of Light, a 110-foot Ferris wheel returns this year to Belgrave Road and will run every night until 6 November.

If you’re interested in checking the art galleries, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery explores why Leicester has the people and community to create this fantastic Diwali event every year in their exhibition, 6,000 Lights: The Story of Diwali in Leicester, which runs through 27 November. While visiting the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery collect your free trail sheet to explore the light and colour within the gallery.

On Saturday 22 fro, 10am to 4pm head to Humberstone Gate West and Clock Tower for the Diwali Mela Bazaar , a feast of Indian shopping, including everything from sweets and cuisine to clothes and jewellery. 

The week of festivities comes to an end on Diwali Day, Sunday 30 October in Diwali Day Village at Cossington Street Recreation Ground. There will be entertainment, food and craft stalls, and an aerial firework display. The event will be from 3pm-9pm, with a stage programme beginning at 6pm.

Additional theatre, art, music and food events will be taking place in Leicester throughout the week. Check the Visit Leicester: Diwali website for more information.