With Halloween and Bonfire Night just around the corner, this weekend sees Coventry’s Indian community celebrate Diwali in style.
This year’s Coventry Diwali Festival will take place on Saturday October 18, with Coventry’s Indian community holding a unique event in Foleshill at the Indian Community Centre.
The three-and-a-half hour event sees the iconic Diwali lights switch-on, before guests are able to take part in traditional Punjab dances Giddha and Bhangra later on in the evening, with light refreshments available.
The Lord Mayor of Coventry and other local councillors will be present for the event, which is only able to be entered through buying a ticket.
There will also be plenty of music on offer, with traditional Shabads and Bhajans – which are types of traditional hymns and songs – sound-tracking the evening.
What is Diwali?
A five-day Hindu festival of lights, which is held in Autumn between October and November and marks the beginning of the financial year in India. It is commonly associated with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.
This year’s Diwali Festival takes place from 6pm until 9.30pm at the Indian Community Centre, 243 Cross Road, in Folsehill, Coventry, CV6 5GP.