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Diwali ends with day of celebrations

Published on Thursday, October 27, 2016

LEICESTER’S world-famous Diwali celebrations will come to a close on Sunday (30 October) with events, entertainment and a colourful firework display.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the city’s Diwali Day activities, with friends and families meeting up to enjoy a bite to eat in the Diwali Village, a ride on the giant Wheel of Light, and the festive atmosphere on Belgrave Road under the twinkling Diwali lights. 

Stalls in the Diwali Village on Cossington Street recreation ground will be serving up delicious Indian food from 3pm on Sunday, while circus performers entertain the crowds. Circus skills’ workshops will then give visitors a chance to have a go themselves, before a dramatic fire show takes place at 5pm.

From 6pm, there will be a programme of entertainment on the Diwali Village stage, organised by the Leicester Hindu Festival Council.

The spectacular Wheel of Light on Belgrave Road will be open from 12 noon, while at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre – from 5.30pm to 8.30pm – there’ll be a chance to enjoy a special exhibition on the traditional art of Rangoli.

Diwali Day will then be marked by a spectacular firework display that will be fired high above the Golden Mile at around 8pm.

The Diwali Village will remain open until 9pm, with the Wheel of Light offering rides – and great views of the Diwali lights – until 11pm.

 

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, said: “With thousands expected to join in the city’s Diwali Day celebrations, I would encourage people to make use of the special Park & Ride services that will be running on Sunday.

“My advice is to leave your car at the Birstall Park & Ride site, and take the bus to the celebrations – it’s the quick and easy way to get to and from the Diwali Day festivities.”

Diwali Day services will run from the Birstall P&R site (LE4 4NN) to Abbey Park Road from 4pm until 8pm on Sunday. Return journeys will run from Abbey Park Road from 8.30pm, with the last bus leaving at 10pm.

A return trip costs just £6 for up to five people in one car, while concessionary pass holders pay £1 for a return journey. 

More information about the special Diwali Day Park & Ride service is available at www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk 

Road closures and parking restrictions will be in force in the Belgrave Road area on Sunday to allow Diwali Day events to take place.

Belgrave Road will be closed in both directions between Belgrave Circle and Loughborough Road from 5pm until 9.30pm.

Melton Road will be closed to city-bound traffic from its junction with Doncaster Road from 5pm until 9.30pm.

Parking restrictions will be in place in a number of side streets off Belgrave Road from 6am until 10pm on Sunday. Restricted areas will be clearly marked with ‘no waiting’ cones.

For more information about Diwali Day in Leicester, visit www.visitleicester.info/diwali 

Leicester’s Diwali festivities are some of the biggest outside of India, with around 35,000 people attending the two main events – the Diwali lights' switch-on and Diwali Day itself – each year. Thousands more enjoyed the dozens of other events taking place across the city during this year’s fortnight-long festival.