Relive the story of Diwali as we bring the Hindu Festival of Lights to campus! The most popular of all the festivals from South Asia, Diwali is a major date in the Leicester calendar, with the city’s celebrations being the biggest outside of India. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning ‘rows of lighted lamps’. Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile, as well as the day Mother Goddess Durga destroyed the demon Mahisha.

As the Sikh festival of Bandi Chhor Divas coincides with Diwali, the University of Leicester’s Sikh Society will also be present to celebrate this special day.

It’s going to be a day of light, colour and celebration: the perfect way to immerse yourself in Leicester’s multicultural community.

Diwali celebrations

Diwali city centre activities
28 October-11 November
Various venues, city centre

Find out the full programme of Diwali events in the city centre on the Visit Leicester website.

Diwali on campus
2 November, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Marquee, Events Square

Relive the story of Diwali: sample street food, enjoy vibrant coloured rangoli patterns, create a Diwali mask, decorate your own diya Diwali candle and watch a 3pm performance. Invite your friends through our Facebook event.

Global Cafe: Diwali
8 November, 5.00pm-7.00pm (drop in)
Graduate Lounge, first floor, Charles Wilson Building

Travel the world without leaving campus at our fortnightly Global Café. Make friends, celebrate different cultures, and improve your language skills. We're in a celebratory mood for this cafe - come and celebrate Diwali - the Festival of Light. Join our Facebook event to let us know that you're coming.

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