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Diwali in the UK
19 th Oct 2015

Diwali is without a doubt the biggest Indian festival and is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in India and around the world.

It starts on 11th November this year and is commonly recognised as marking new beginnings.

For those of you who are celebrating the five day festival of lights in the UK, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest and brightest public Diwali celebrations for you to choose from at your leisure.

Diwali Celebrations in London

Harrow Fireworks Festival

When: Saturday 7 November

Time: 12pm onwards

Where: Byron Park Harrow, Peel Road, London HA3 7QX

Tickets: £5 / £10 for family tickets

Harrow Fireworks Festival promises to be a dazzling fun-filled day and evening of celebrations for all ages. There will be a wide range of activities including stalls where small businesses will be selling products, food stalls, a fun fair, DJs, a Disney parade for little tots and to top it all off, a 20-minute firework display.

Harrow Diwali Firework Display | Diwali in the UK

The National Gallery

When: Saturday 14 November

Time: 10am (all day)

Where: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tickets: Not ticketed

The National Gallery has organised a Diwali themed day for children and parents to learn about Diwali and take part in a variety of fun activities including traditional Indian dancing, art making and musical stories.

The National Gallery Diwali Celebrations | Diwali in the UK

Neasden Temple

When: Wednesday 11 November

Time: 4pm – 9pm

Where: 105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden, London NW10 8LD

Tickets: Not ticketed

With 35,000 previously in attendance, Neasden Temple is allegedly the biggest Diwali celebration in the UK, the temple will be opening its doors at 4pm when there will be a host of food and entertainment. A puja service will take place from 6pm to 7:30pm, before the fireworks display which will take place at the nearby Gibbons Park.

Neasden Temple Diwali Celebrations | Diwali in the UK

Diwali in Leicester

Wheel of Light

When: 17 October – 15 November

Time:  12pm – 8pm Monday to Thursday / 12pm – 10pm Friday to Sunday

Where: Belgrave Road, Leicester

Tickets: £5 (adults) £4 (concessions) £15 (family)

You will be able to get a birds-eye view of the Diwali lights on Belgrave road this year by taking a ride on Leicester’s Ferris wheel. The ride lasts for around 10 minutes and will be able to accommodate 144 in the 24 gondolas. Tickets can be purchased from the booth on site.

Leicester Ferris Wheel | Diwali in the UK

Diwali in Woking

Woking Town Centre Celebrations

When: Thursday 12 November

Time: 6pm till late

Where: Starts at Gloucester Square (outside the Civic Offices) and ends at the H.G Wells Conference and Events Centre

Tickets: Not ticketed

Woking Diwali celebrations will kick off through a stunning parade and magical lantern display through the town centre. After the parade, there will be a party of Indian music, songs and traditional Indian dancing at the H.G. Wells Centre. The party will feature performances such as Kerala drumming.

Diwali in Nottingham

Diwali Festival of Lights 2015

When: Saturday 14 November

Time: 3pm – 8pm

Where: Highfields Park and Lake, University Boulevard, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2RD 

Tickets: Not ticketed

The afternoon of celebrations includes free music and dance performances, stalls selling traditional Indian food and a range of workshops giving you the opportunity to make tea light Rangoli, Mehndi and Diyas. At 5pm Dhol Drimmers will lead local school children, families and community member in the Parade of Light and Walk the Plank will turn up the heat with their spectacular fire installation. The event will end at 8pm at the close of a Chotto Desh, a family-friendly theatrical dance experience led by Akram Khan Company and MOKO.

Image sources: Skyscanner, chesirefire, visitlondon, flickr, leicester mercury 

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