Thousands enjoy Leicester Diwali celebrations
Leicester was awash with colour as 45,000 people took part in Diwali celebrations.

Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights - begins on 27 October. It is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia, and is also celebrated by Jains and Sikhs.

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Diwali, the festival of lights

Eastleigh & Southampton Asian Community group explain the importance of Diwali.

Leicester Diwali celebrations moved from 'waterlogged field'

Alex Regan

BBC News

Leicester's Diwali celebrations on Sunday have been moved because of a waterlogged festival site.

The celebrations were due to take place at the Cossington Street Recreation Ground but organisers said "the amount of mud and standing water on the site" has forced them to relocate.

The celebrations will now take place on Belgrave Road, near Belgrave Circle.

Leicester Diwali Day

The Diwali funfair has been cancelled due to lack of space.

Deputy mayor, Priara Singh Clais, said: "It isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly but working with the police, security and festival organisers we’ve agreed to move the main stage back on to Belgrave Road."

Worship the dog!

Why dogs, crows, cows and brothers have been getting treats and garlands in Nepal
This week Hindus, Jains and Sikhs around the world celebrated Diwali, the festival of light.   In Nepal they have their own way of doing it - they call it Tihar, and over the five days they give adoration to an interesting array of creatures.  Rama Parajuli of BBC Nepali is our guide.

Image: Police dog decorated for Tihar or Diwali festival in Nepal 
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Deeya celebrates Diwali - the Hindu festival of light
Seven-year old Deeya invites us into her home to show us how she likes to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light.