Prime Minister Narendra Modi will spend his Diwali this year in the United Kingdom, where he will address the Indian diaspora in a grand "Olympic-style" reception organised by the Europe India Forum (EIF) on 13 November.
The EIF, a not-for-profit organisation with its bases in England and Wales, has organised the community reception for Modi at Wembley Stadium in collaboration with around 414 organisations that work for the welfare of the Indian community in Britain.
The event, with the theme "Two Great Nations, One Glorious Future", is scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm (London time) on 13 November "with a specially-produced cultural show featuring some of the very best British-Indian artists".
The cultural programme will be followed by "a landmark speech to be delivered by Prime Minister Modi and a grand finale featuring the biggest fireworks display in the whole country".
People in India will be able to watch the live streaming of the event at 8 pm (India time).
Over 70,000 UK Indians are expected to attend the community reception. Besides, "Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum, business leaders and personalities from the world of entertainment, art and culture are also expected to attend" the event.
The event will be streamed live on the official YouTube handles of UK Welcomes Modi, Narendra Modi and Prime Minister's Office (PMO India). Modi's community reception at Wembley Stadium will also be aired live on Modi's official website.
All the information regarding the reception will be available on the official website of the organisers UK Welcomes Modi.
Modi's UK intinerary
Modi is expected to reach the UK on 12 November morning, and will head to Downing Street for bilateral talks with his British counterpart David Cameron. He will then offer floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi's statue, recently installed at Parliament Square in Westminster
He will then address the Members of Parliament and later in the evening, visit the city of London for further business deals. He will conclude his first day with a reception at Guildhall.
Modi will also reportedly meet Queen Elizabeth II, who will apparently host a private lunch at Buckingham Palace.
The Prime Minister's Office is yet to release an official itinerary, but these are expected to be on his list during his three-day visit to the UK, according to The Hindu.
Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the UK in almost a decade. Manmohan Singh had visited London in 2006.