Edinburgh Diwali Parade, Celebrations and Fireworks

Submitted by edg on Fri, 27 Sep '19 1.10am
Time & place

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 2.30pm from outside the City Chambers on The Royal Mile down to stage show at the Ross Bandstand.

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 typically features 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.

Music and dance includes pipe bands, led by the band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and folk dancers from India and Scotland.

At the end of the Edinburgh Diwali Parade (around 4pm) the Diwali celebrations move onto The Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens for live performance ranging Bollywood style dance to dramatic enactment.

A selection of North and South Indian Food will be available and the Festival ends with a firework show around 7.30pm.

The event is free.