Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, marked every year in Leicester with huge celebrations. Diwali Day 2017 is Thursday 19 October.

The city's main Diwali celebrations take place at Cossington Street Recreation Ground on Thursday 19 October from 6.00pm, For full details see the City Council's Diwali website or the Visit Leicester Diwali calendar.

Diwali is also celebrated by Jains and coincides with the Sikh festival of Bandi Chhor Divas.

Wednesday 18 October

Hindu Society

Diwali aarti (prayer) and discussion, then distributing food to homeless. Non-members welcome.

Thursday 19 October

Students' Union

Rangoli in The Square plus free Indian sweets.

Oadby Student Village

Any students who want to visit tonight's celebration, meet your RAs at the bus stop on Manor Road by 6.15pm.

Erasmus and Exchange Society

Meet outside the David Wilson Library at 6.00pm, then walk to the celebrations. Non-members welcome.

SLUGS (Students of Leicester Universities Guides and Scouts)

Meet outside the Charles Wilson Building at 7.00pm, then walk to the celebrations. Non-members welcome.

Sikh Society

Meet at Starbucks in the SU at 6.00pm, then go to temple, then walk to the celebrations. Non-members welcome.

Saturday 21 October

Attenborough Arts: Diwali Family Extravaganza [sold out, sorry]

Celebrate the festival of lights with a special day of creative family activities at Attenborough Arts. Discover the world through sensory materials and work with artists to create crafts. Learn about the themes and stories behind Diwali and make this festive season a memorable one for the whole family!

Attenborough Arts: Light, Sound and Celebration

Celebrate Diwali the classical way at Attenborough Arts with an evening of the finest Indian classical music and dance by renowned artists. Come along and enjoy the exhilarating sounds of tabla and sitar with uplifting vocals and thrilling dance. A unique evening that will surely make this Diwali one to remember.

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