Diwali in Birmingham - what is ‘the festival of lights’ and where to celebrate it

The Festival of Lights kicked off on Tuesday and is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world - so how can you celebrate it in Birmingham?

Diwali is a five-day extravaganza that celebrates the idea of new beginnings and the triumph of good over bad.

This is often portrayed through lights and oil lamps that are displayed on the streets and in houses to help symbolise the ascendency of good.

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The word ‘Diwali’ specifically comes from the Sanskrit word deepvalli which means ‘rows of lighted lamps’.

It started on November 2 and will continue until November 6, yet the main celebrations are set to take place on November 4.

The festival can be celebrated in a number of different ways and can be personalised to each individual.

Whether you want to have friends and family visit for a humongous feast or go out and enjoy the most colourful fireworks and join in on the festivities - it’s totally up to you.

Birmingham has a considerable Hindu presence across the city and is not afraid to join in on the celebrations with a few epic and momentous events.

Brummy families eagerly anticipate the return to widespread public celebrations following the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns that limited past festivities - and it is back with a bang as a huge event will be held at the Midland Arts Centre (MAC).

MAC is delivering a captivating evening of South Asian dance in celebration of Diwali called ‘Deepavalli: The Festival of Light’ and will take place on November 6.

Tickets are available from £8.00 for this two-hour event and for more information CLICK HERE.

Bambu Nightclub are even joining in on the festivities when it hosts a late-night Bollywood celebration with ‘Bollynights Birmingham: Diwali Fest’ on November 5.

Tickets are available from £7.00 although they are quickly selling out due to increased demand, so for more information CLICK HERE.