There is only one place where you can legitimately get the festive lights up in early November, and that's anywhere celebrating Diwali (and once they're up, they might as well stay up til Christmas)! One year, when we were living in Leicester, Diwali and Bonfire night were just a couple of days apart, and the fireworks were amazing. If you're in Leicester tonight, head over to Belgrave Road, where there'll be fireworks, light displays, fire dancers and other celebrations, particularly in Cossington Recreation Ground, and the shops of The Golden Mile will be open late. Leicester has one of the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India, so if you miss it this year, remember it for 2016!
This piece was commissioned by YSC India. Shubh Deepawali to all!