The South Asian festival of Diwali came to Edinburgh this week with the most culturally diverse programme of events in its five-year history.
The celebration of light over darkness took place from Wednesday to Saturday, and included light shows and cultural performances on Castle Street, food and drinks stalls, the Edinburgh Diwali Parade from the City Chambers to Princes Street Gardens, featuring dancers, floats of Hindi gods, and finally, culminated in a firework show.
1. Edinburgh Diwali festival of light 2019
The celebrations started with Lightopia, a light and lantern installation in Princes Street Gardens' Ross Bandstand. Picture: Ian Georgeson
2. Edinburgh Diwali festival of light 2019
Several shows entertained crowds at the City Chambers before the parade set off, including performances by Bhartiya Ashram, Edinburgh Dandiya and the Edinburgh Bhangra Crew. Picture: Scott Louden
3. Edinburgh Diwali festival of light 2019
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world, which slight variations across each religion. Picture: Scott Louden
4. Edinburgh Diwali festival of light 2019
This year, for the first time, Chinese Dragons and Chinese Lions appeared as part of the performances. Picture: Scott Louden