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Major Diwali celebrations planned in UK

world Updated: Oct 16, 2009 11:45 IST
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A major firework and laser display has been organised this weekend to mark the finale of Diwali celebrations at Leicester in the UK, where the festival of lights is reputed to be the largest outside India.

People of Indian origin have made several plans to celebrate the festival in various parts of Britain,
particularly in towns such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinbrugh and Bristol.

Earlier this month, the ceremonial switching-on ceremony of Diwali lights was held in Leicester in the presence of
nearly 60,000 people.

The event, in the Belgrave area, is supported by the local council. The finale will begin tomorrow with the closure
of Belgrave Road for traffic as thousands of visitors are expected to enjoy the shops and the atmosphere on the Golden
Mile in a traffic-free environment.

The events will later move to a nearby park with a programme of classical and contemporary Indian dance,including a performance of Ram Struti by Nupur Arts, a Bollywood film dance by the Amar Nritya group, and a Gujarati folk dance by dancers from Shree Sanatan Mandir. It will end with a Punjabi folk dance from Balle Shava.

The crowd will be welcomed with Diwali messages from Deputy Lord Mayor of Leicester Manjula Sood, and Maganbhai P Patel, President of the Leicester Hindu Festival Council.