Leicester Diwali celebrations are one of the biggest outside India, with over 37,000 people attending the 2015 lights switch-on on Belgrave Road and even more attending Diwali Day, which my housemates and I went to last night!
Diwali celebrations spread across the heart of Leicester’s Asian community with light decorations all along the Golden Mile and a 110 foot Ferris wheel. Along with the usual spectacular firework display, this year saw new additions to Leicester’s world famous Diwali celebrations including a Diwali village and a two-week events programme across the city including dance, music, theatre and exhibitions.
Living in such a multi-cultural city is a huge highlight for a university city. In a past blog post, I wrote about some of the opportunities at university that can help to expand your experiences of other cultures, but, as well as this, the city itself boasts diversity and offers an abundance of opportunities to get involved in. Walking to Diwali and enjoying the celebrations with the friends I have met at university was a fairly unique experience and I feel forever grateful for living in a city at the heart of such culture.