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Everything you need to know about Diwali 2022 UK celebrations Posted On 26 September 2022

 The festival of lights marks a celebration that is a true spectacle

 

The beautiful annual event of Diwali is just around the corner.

This is a major festival that is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Budists.

Diwali will be held on Monday, October 24, this year to mark the 15th day of the month of Kartika, in the Hindu calendar.

Known as the festival of lights, this marks one of the biggest, and certainly brightest, festivals of the year and it represents the spiritual triumph of good over evil.

The word Diwali directly means ‘a series of lights’ and will be celebrated typically over five days.

Hindus will clean and redecorate their homes in the weeks and months before Diwali.

The night of Diwali will feature plenty of fireworks and a feast that will include sweet food and gifts exchanged between loved ones.

Children are taught about ancient myths and legends that pit light against darkness, and the difference between good and evil.

In the United Kingdom, communities across the land will mark Diwali by holding their own religious ceremonies and they will contact any family they have in India to exchange pleasantries, celebrations and gifts, if possible.

One brilliant city to celebrate Diwali in the UK is Leicester, which each year puts on a massive event to mark the celebrations.

A number of city centre locations, including Belgrave Road, the Golden Mile, Cossington Street Recreation and the city centre itself, will have events and lights.

There will be plenty of dance, fireworks, food and fashion taking to the street, including an initial light switch on.

Around 40,000 people have previously taken to Belgrave Road, in Leicester, to watch the opening light switch on, on Sunday, October 9.

There will be a full stage programme to showcase local talent, including children’s fun fair rides and stalls.

 

The Golden Mile will be bathed in lights throughout the festive period, while on Monday, October 24, there will be a Diwali village on Cossington Street.  

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