Diwali Lights in Leicester Expected to Draw Biggest Crowds Yet

LEICESTER, UK, October 13, 2010: Massive crowds are expected in Leicester for the Diwali lights switch-on. Preparations are under way to ensure this year’s Diwali celebrations are the best yet. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the switching on of the lights in Belgrave Road – and more to go to events on Diwali Day itself – making Leicester’s the biggest Diwali festivities outside India.

Fireworks, laser displays and dancing will illuminate the Golden Mile on Sunday, October 24, as the Diwali lights are switched on. Music and more fireworks will accompany Diwali Day, on Friday, November 5.

Maganbhai Patel, vice-president of Leicester Hindu Festival Council, which has organized the event alongside the city council, expected record numbers to join the celebrations. “I know that many people will be coming from around the county as well as places such as Nottingham and even London. It’s a huge event – everyone always has a fantastic time.”

The switch-on ceremony will take place at 6pm and the illuminations are due to be turned on at 7.30pm.

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