The India Association of Davis will celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Diwali gala event at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. A cultural program will showcase dance and music from throughout India, followed by a catered multi-course dinner.
Diwali is also known as Deepavali, which in Sanskrit means rows of deepas or diyas (clay lamps). The festival is about lighting diyas. Diwali is the Festival of Lights because people illuminate their homes and businesses with diyas and colorful lights. Indian New Year is also celebrated at this time.
Diwali falls on the day of Amavasyaa (new moon), when the moon does not rise and there is darkness all around. Light, being a symbol of hope and positive energy, indicates the victory of good over evil.
Celebrated usually in October or November, Diwali is the most significant festival in the Hindu culture, a news release said.