Edinburgh Diwali Parade, Celebrations and Fireworks

Submitted by edg on Thu, 1 Nov '18 7.43pm

Diwali is a five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. In Edinburgh, Diwali is celebrated with a free, day-long festival that starts with a parade at 2pm (participants form up from 11.00am) from outside the City Chambers on The Royal Mile down to Castle Street.

Diwali is one of several occasions celebrated with lights and fireworks at this time of year, others being Samhuinn Fire Festival at Hallowe'en, and Bonfire Night.

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.

In a feast of music and dance, seven pipe bands, led by the band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, will be joined by seven groups of folk dancers showcasing dance from India, Scotland and Cuba.

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 dance from different parts of India will be joined by Highland Dancers and members of Scottish Ballet in a grand finale of a multicultural fusion of dance styles.

A selection of North and South Indian Food will be available and the Festival ends with a firework show around 7pm.

The event is free.

Diwali Tableaux

This year's Diwali celebrations in Edinburgh include the story of Ramayana, one of the traditional Diwali Stories, told through a series of stunning illuminated Indian puppetry tableaux.

Created by Vision Mechanics, (Big Man Walking and Quest for Oz), the exhibition of fifteen tableaux, supported by Creative Scotland, will be open to the public from Thursday 1 November to Sunday 4 November (from dark to 6.30pm) in West Princes Street Gardens.