Creative crafts, fun activities and a colourful dance finale will all form part of a special Diwali Day to celebrate the ancient Indian festival at Erewash Museum on Saturday 26th October (11am-3pm).

Diwali is one of the most popular Hindu festivals, a celebration of light, symbolising the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

Craft activities will run 11am-2pm with a small charge of £1.60 per person and will end with a vibrant dance finale (2.30pm-3pm).

Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, Cllr Mike Wallis, said: “Once again we are welcoming Diwali Day at Erewash Museum with its warm and colourful celebrations for all the family to take part in.

“The educational and fun activities really help people mark this ancient festival.”

The council’s arts development team is also working with two Long Eaton schools this month to help children learn about more about Diwali and celebrate the culture.

Pupils at Dovedale Primary School and Parklands Infant and Nursery School are working  on Diwali-inspired crafts that will form a colourful display in Long Eaton town centre until 25th October.

Dovedale pupils are also learning about traditional Indian dance and costumes with performance artist Anika Sethi.

Children at Parklands are finding out about the story of Diwali with storyteller Pritam Singh and will be playing traditional instruments to bring the characters to life through music.

Children from both schools will meet to stage a Diwali-themed performance for their families and friends, and will be able to enjoy a taste of Indian cuisine with samosas donated by the Long Eaton Indian Community Association.