1. Neasden Temple
David Cameron, eat your heart out. This north west London temple hosts one of the biggest and exciting Diwali festivals in England. Over 30,000 revellers are expected to make their way to the festivities as the Neasden Temple is known for being the largest Hindu temple outside India. Fireworks kick off from 8:30pm so get there a bit early to grab a spot to watch from and a hot snack to enjoy on the cool autumn night. Details on the Neasden Temple celebrations.
2. Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Stanmore
This fireworks display in north London is a must-see, as thousands come together to celebrate the festival of lights. Don’t miss the delicious handmade Indian cuisine on offer at Vaishnav’s food stall, including traditional bhel, as well as the less-conventional pizza. Details on the Shree Swaminaryan Temple fireworks.
3. Leicester City Council celebrations, Leicester
The Leicester City Council goes all out for Diwali, with celebrations stretching over the first two weeks of November and culminating on Diwali day with fireworks and live entertainment. On the 11th of November head to the centre of festivities on Belgrave Road. Spend time on the luminescent Leicester Wheel of Light with your better half, before heading along to Ram Lila, a production of dance and music offering a modern twist on the traditional Indian theatre style of nautanki. The Leicester celebrations are a hive of energy and an unmissable stop this Diwali day. All the details of the Leicester City Council celebrations can be found on their website.
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