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November 2 @ 10:00 AM2:00 PM

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most significant festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and some other Indian religions. It is often referred to as the “Festival of Lights” and is celebrated with immense joy and enthusiasm across India and in many parts of the world where Indian communities reside.

Diwali typically falls between mid-October and mid-November, depending on the Hindu lunar calendar. The festival spans five days, with each day having its own significance and customs. The main day of Diwali is celebrated on the third day, which is also known as Amavasya or the new moon night.

One of the central themes of Diwali is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. The festival has several mythological origins and legends associated with it, the most popular being the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana and completing his fourteen-year exile. People of Ayodhya welcomed Lord Rama by lighting rows of lamps, hence the tradition of lighting oil lamps or candles during Diwali.

During Diwali, homes, temples, and public spaces are illuminated with colorful lights, oil lamps (diyas), candles, and decorative electric lights. Rangoli, intricate patterns made on the floor with colored powders, rice, or flower petals, adorn entrances as a symbol of welcome and prosperity.

Another significant aspect of Diwali is the exchange of gifts and sweets among family members, friends, and neighbors. It is customary for people to visit each other’s homes, offer prayers, share festive meals, and exchange gifts as a gesture of goodwill and camaraderie.

Fireworks are also a traditional part of Diwali celebrations, symbolizing the joy and exuberance of the festival. However, there is growing awareness about the environmental and health hazards associated with fireworks, leading to calls for eco-friendly and noise-free celebrations.

In addition to its religious and cultural significance, Diwali holds economic importance as well, with businesses offering special discounts and promotions, and people making purchases for new clothes, jewelry, home appliances, and other items.

Overall, Diwali is a time of spiritual reflection, renewal, and rejoicing, as people come together to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and righteousness over evil. It is a festival that transcends religious boundaries and brings people of diverse backgrounds together in a spirit of unity and harmony.


November 2
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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