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Five Things To Bring The Light To Diwali In Middlesbrough

By Published November 01, 2021

Clear the calendar as Middlesbrough prepares to experience its very first Diwali festival on Saturday, November 6.

Diwali is a festival of light, colour and new beginnings and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

Typical traditions at the festival include lights, fireworks and festivities, and Diwali in Middlesbrough is set to deliver all of these and more.

Five highlights for visitors to enjoy include food, entertainment, a funfair, a lantern parade and a fireworks finale:

Food: Diwali in Middlesbrough will have street vendors from all over the UK offering a wide selection of sweet and savoury delights. Food plays an important part on Diwali and the Annakut celebration (translated as a Mountain of Food) is an offering to the gods as a mark of gratitude. 

Entertainment: Visitors can enjoy back-to-back main stage entertainment in Centre Square from noon to 6pm. Organisers are promising speical guest appearances and even have a few Diwali surprises up their sleeves.

Funfair: Everyone loves it when the funfair is in town and Diwali in Middlesbrough has pulled out all the stops to make sure everybody gets to enjoy all the fun at the fair.

Lantern Parade: The Festival of Light would not be the same without Diwali lanterns. A special children's parade has been commissioned that will follow the beat of the drum all around Centre Square, lighting up the way as they go.

Fireworks: Diwali would not be Diwali without a spectacular Firework Finale to light up the sky for all to see.

Festival organiser Kash Patel from Kash Patel Productions said: "I genuinely can't wait for the inaugural Diwali in Middlesbrough event.

"After such a dark time over the last 18 months, now more than ever we need a reason to bring the light into our communities.

"The festival is a great opportunity to bring families and people together - to enjoy some tasty food, ride the funfair and be stunned by the amazing firework finale."

Councillor Mieka Smiles, Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor and Executive member for Culture & Communities, said: "It's so exciting to have Diwali in Middlesbrough for the first time this year.

"There's such a lot for everyone to see and do and it's great that it's free too!

"I am so looking forward to seeing the lantern parade and all the fantastic entertainment on the main stage.

"Centre Square will be alive with light and colour and we hope it brings a sense of warmth and comfort to our families and communities."

  • Diwali in Middlesbrough is in Centre Square, on Saturday November 6, from noon to 6pm.

Follow Diwali in Middlesbrough on Facebook for more news and announcements or visit Middlesbrough Mela website Diwali - Middlesbrough Mela

 Get involved in Diwali in Middlesbrough and make a lantern for the parade. Sessions are running on Saturday, October 23 at the Sikh Temple, Gurdwara Thornaby from 10am to noon and the Hindu Temple in North Ormesby, Middlesbrough from 1pm to 3pm. Call 07776 210066 to book a place.

Stall and sponsorship bookings are now open. For more information contact Kash Patel on 07776 210066 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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