Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, will be celebrated at a gala event sponsored by the India Association of Davis on Sunday, Nov. 10, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis.
The celebration will feature a cultural program showcasing dance and music from all over the Indian subcontinent, followed by a catered multi-course dinner. For ticket information, contact Vinita Domier at 530-756-7443 or [email protected].
Indians all over the world will celebrate the joyous festival of Diwali on Sunday, Nov. 3. Diwali is the contracted form of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which literally means rows of deepas or diyas (clay lamps).
Diwali is celebrated in India and other countries that have people of Indian origin. It is the most significant festival in the Hindu culture. Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists also celebrate Diwali, but the legends connected to the festival are different for different religions.
Diwali is always celebrated on the night of the new moon in late October or early November. As the moon does not rise on this night, it is pitch black outside. To overcome the darkness, homes and businesses are illuminated with diyas and colorful lights. Hence, Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights. Light is symbolic of hope and positive energy, and also indicates the victory of good over evil.
On the joyous occasion of Diwali, everyone will wear new clothes and offer prayers, followed by exchanging gifts and feasting on special foods and sweet treats. In India, Diwali festivities culminate with lighting firecrackers. Diwali is the biggest and most important festival celebrated by people of Indian origin worldwide.