Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights! It comes from the word Deepavali meaning “row of lamps.” This festive holiday is traditionally celebrated for five days, each day honoring a different belief or legend. Families and friends around the world celebrate with bright diyas, colorful rangoli, and tasty sweets. Join in the festivities as we explore the sights, sounds and spirit of this special holiday.
11:30 Aniketa and Moumita's Kathak Group: See elementary school age children perform this traditional style of dance from India.
2:00 Dance Performance with Chhandika: Chhandika is dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of Kathak through a standard of teaching and performing. Established by leading Artist Gretchen Hayden, Chhandika teaches over 150 students in the greater Boston area and has a pre-professional Youth Ensemble.
Drop- In Activities
Rangoli. Traditional rangoli are made with colored powders on the ground. See the work of local rangoli artist Vinita Shah. Then maker your own rangoli! At this activity, we'll provide papers cut into the shapes found in rangoli designs. You'll arrange the shapes to create you're own design to take home!
Batik. Batik is a traditional artform using wax and dye. Create your own artwork to take home with you!
Make a Lantern. Diwali is a festival of light! Make and decorate your own lantern and hang it in the museum!