Hundreds of lanterns, a burning giant demon king and a fireworks finale will all light up a Mela to celebrate two of the most popular Hindu festivals, Dashehra and Diwali.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the family-friendly event in Platt Fields Park, Manchester, on Sunday 21 October.
Last year's Dashehra and Diwali Mela, the first held in Manchester, attracted more than 8,000 visitors, almost half of them from non-Asian backgrounds.
This year's event, organised by the Indian Association Manchester and supported by Manchester City Council, will run from 3.30pm to 9pm.
Councillor Mike Kane, Executive member for Arts and Leisure, said: "The Mela will be a wonderful opportunity for all communities to come together and celebrate the richness and diversity of Manchester. It will be a family event with something for every one."
The climax, starting at 8pm, will be the burning of a 30-foot-high effigy of the ten-headed demon king Ravan, who Hindus believe was killed by Lord Ram.
The burning of the effigy and the flames signify the ridding of the mind and soul of impurities ready for a renewal of the human spirit.
More than 300 children in schools all over Greater Manchester have been preparing lanterns for a lantern procession.
Live performances on stage will include Indian dances, Bollywood, Bhangra and other folk, fire dance, Indian Wedding Brass Band, and live music by the award winning best Bhangra band DCS.
There will also be art and craft (Henna and face painting, Rangoli and paper craft) and Indian dance workshops.
Throughout the evening visitors will be able to enjoy a fun fair and shop or enjoy a mouthwatering variety of delicious Indian food at over 30 stalls. The event will end with a brilliant fireworks display.
Dashehra and Diwali have religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. The festivals are celebrated by many communities in India and throughout the world. Both symbolise the power of good to triumph over evil. Diwali also marks the start of the Hindu New Year.
For more information visit http://www.dashehradiwali.co.uk/
Martin Hellewell, tel: 0161 234 3729.