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Diwali Festival of Lights

Date November 3, 2023
TIME 6:30am - 9:30am

Come Celebrate Diwali with us!! Friday, November 3rd from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Michelin Social Club. Everyone welcome! Admission: $5 at the door. Music, Dance, Children’s and Cultural Activities and a special Diwali meal!

Diwali, India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year, is a festival of lights that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the human ability to overcome.

Diwali has become a national Indian festival. Outside of India, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and others across the world celebrate the holiday.

The festival is associated with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and good fortune. It is customarily celebrated for five days.

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning “rows of lighted lamps,” and honors the return of Prince Rama of Ayodhya, his wife, Sita, and brother, Lakshman, from a 14-year-long exile and a battle against King Ravana that Prince Rama won.
During the festival, lamps are lit in streets and in houses to signify light overcoming darkness. Fireworks are lit as part of many celebrations, too.

It is also customary to decorate homes with rangoli, which are traditional works of Indian art. They are traditionally made with sand, rice or flower petals, according to the Hindu American Foundation. Many place the ancient Hindu art in their homes.

Finally, many families come together, go to temple, exchange gifts, donate to charity and have feasts.

For more information, email southshoremulticultural@gmail.com

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