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Hindu festival season with Dandiya Raas performances makes spirits of Leicester in UK soar high
The months of September and October this year constitute for the most vibrant period for Gujaratis in the UK's Leicester city which has a sizable number of Asians. It is said that winter Navratri and Diwali are most celebrated events in Leicester outside India.

A Facebook friend  Vijayashree Viju Pahal, informs that Leicester's thriving Hindu community has contributed towards the city becoming one of the biggest hosts of Navratri celebrations outside India. Old, young, men, women, Gujaratis, non-Gujaratis including British people can be seen all dressed up ready to dance at various dandiya nights performances in the city.

A calendar of activities has been circulated among the Hindu community in Leicester right from starting of Shradhas to remember the ancestors, Navratri period, Durga Ashtami,  Vijya Dashmi and Diwali urging people to celebrate the festival season.

Currently, the mood is upbeat with Dandia Raas performances at various Hindu temples, clubs, community centres, association offices, Gujarati hotels, hired premises, etc., to celebrate Navratri festivals.

One may be surprised to know that Gujarati is the preferred language of 16 per cent of the residents of  Leicester and is taught as a second language in many of the schools in the city. Various schools also organize Dandia Raas events as a part of multi-culturism. The garba and dandiya enthusiasts of the city even perform in ticketed shows in hotels.

Gujaratis settled here are making the most of Navratri as they dance to dandiya beats dressed up in designer clothes and imitation jewellery.

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