Communities in Nottingham came together to celebrate the ancient Hindu festival of Diwali.
Nottingham City Council, Lakeside Arts and Nottingham Asian Art Association teamed up to organise the event and help the Asian community celebrate their biggest traditional event.
The event took place at the Highfields Park and was organised by several partnerships as well as number of local community groups, temples and dance groups.
Nikki Disney, deputy manager for theatre shows at Lakeside Arts, said: “This year is the biggest Diwali celebration turn out that we have had so far, so many different people attend, so many different communities.”
The 37 year old from Sherwood added: “It’s a way of experiencing sharing and having a celebration together based around a particular theme”.
Meeting the needs of different communities by helping them celebrate the Diwali festival as much as they can in UK is not the only aim.
Partnerships focused on bringing communities together to provide a feel of welcome, acceptance and respect within communities are also a priority.
“In India where it originates from, Diwali is a massive thing. It’s bigger than Christmas is here in England.”
Nottingham Asian Arts Association chairman Davinder Virdi said: “One thing that we are trying to do here is rather than making this event about Hindus and Sighs we are trying to make it a multi-cultural event for everybody.
“We are trying to celebrate it with everyone, bringing communities together.”
Diwali, observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, is traditionally celebrated with lights, fireworks, music, dances, food and decorations.
Mr Virdi said: “In India where it originates from, Diwali is a massive thing. It’s bigger than Christmas is here in England.”
Like Christmas, Diwali has drifted away from its cultural and religious roots, and has become more about gifts, parties, dances and fireworks.
But Mr Virdi added: “I think you have to change with time as youngsters find it more difficult to understand or respect the more of the cultural reasons of why it takes place.”
Despite the poor weather conditions, it didn’t stop the local community groups from performing, lighting lanterns and sharing traditional Asian food.