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. Indian 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.
- 11:00 Magic. Pyari Mohan tells stories and teaches about Indian culture by performing magic tricks!
- 1:30 Triveni School of Dance Performance. Experience classical Indian dance, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Odissi with talented performers from the Triveni School of Dance.
- 2:45 Kathak Dance Performance. Anjali Nath of the Chhandam Institute for Kathak Dance performs and teaches about this traditional style of dance from India. Anjali's program provides a challenging and enjoyable experience that is creative, physically active and engages the audience with a different culture in a comfortable environment!
- 3:00 Prayer Service (Aarthi). Join us for an aarthi, a Hindu ritual, led by Raj Heda, to close out the holiday festivities.
- Fun with Spices. Explore and learn about distinctive spices used in Indian cuisine.
- Visit the Common to witness the construction of a shrine and learn what all the parts represent as we prepare for our aarthi service at the end of the day.
- Rangoli. Traditional rangoli are made with colored powders on the ground. 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!
- Dress up in traditional Indian clothing.
- Stories. Razia’s Ray of Hope, Hear the story of a young Afghan girl as she strives for a better education as read by the author, Elizabeth and the woman who inspired the story, Razia Jan.
- Make a Diya. Make your own lantern to celebrate the holiday and prepare for the dark winter months.
- Make a Crown. Diwali celebrates the homecoming of Prince Rama and Princess Sita. Create a crown and you can be Rama or Sita for the day!