Diwali Celebration Saturday 3rd November

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The dark nights have fully arrived, time to embrace warm hats, scarves, gloves and enjoy all the beautiful sunsets we are getting at the moment. With the dark nights, we also get some of the most fun festivals and celebrations, including both Halloween/Samhuinn and Bonfire Night this week…and Diwali. Lots to celebrate !!

Diwali is an Indian Festival of Lights and this festival on Saturday is sure to be spectacular. Edinburgh Diwali is an initiative by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh to bring Diwali-Festival of Lights, the most famous Indian Festival to Edinburgh so that the mainstream community can Share, Participate and Celebrate this beautiful festival.

Dancers, music, lanterns, fireworks, puppets and four giant Hindu Gods will mark Edinburgh’s celebration of the South Asian Festival of Light.

Starting with a parade at 2pm from outside the City Chambers on the Royal Mile. The parade will feature four giant Hindu Gods: Ganesha, the Elephant God; Hanuman, the Monkey God and Commander in Chief of Rama’s Army; Shiva, God that destroys and transforms the Universe and the centrepiece float of Rama’s Horse-drawn Chariot carrying Rama, his wife Sita, his brother Lakshman and Hanuman returning from exile after killing Demon God Ravana.

At the end of the Edinburgh Diwali Parade (around 3.30pm) the Diwali celebrations move onto The Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens for performances ranging from A Taste of Bollywood to a dramatic enactment of the Return of Rama from Exile. Edinburgh Diwali Celebrations start around 4.15pm.

Dancers will be performing dances from different parts of India will be joined by Highland Dancers aImage result for edinburgh diwalind members of Scottish Ballet in a grand finale of a multicultural fusion of dance styles.

There will be a grand finale of fireworks at 7pm !

 

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Diwali Festival..

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Diwali is the Hindu festival of light, and this Saturday the 12th November, there is going to be a Diwali parade and celebration in Princess Street Gardens afterwards which looks great!

Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali brings Joy, prosperity, knowledge, peace and wealth. People celebrate Diwali through distributing sweets, gifts and thanks giving to each other.

Edinburgh Diwali is committed to bring the richness of Indian culture to Scotland and to Scottish community by celebrating the Festival of Light in Edinburgh on Saturday 12th November at the Ross Band Stand. Their website has all the timings of the parade and celebrations in more detail, but the parade will start at 2.45pm from the City Chambers on the High Street with over 300 people carrying Diwali lights and dancers and musicians, from 4pm onwards at the Ross Band Stand in Princess Street Gardens there will be folk dancers, live music, Bollywood dance and the whole event will finish with fireworks.

This looks fantastic and a great way to celebrate Diwali !!

Edinburgh Diwali - 2016 - Free Entry @ Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Edinburgh [12 November]