IIBC First Annual Diwali
IIBC brings a glimpse of Indian culture in Indiana with the celebration of one of the most significant festivals in the Indian culture, Diwali.
What is Diwali?
Diwali is the festival of lights which is celebrated by millions of Indians across the world. This five-day festival signifies the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs brightly decorate their homes, offices, and buildings and welcome Goddess Lakshmi to bring prosperity to everyone. Diwali also marks the beginning of a new year for many Hindus.
How is Diwali celebrated?
The festival is celebrated by having large firework displays to reminisce the celebrations of the time when Lord Rama returned home after fourteen years of exile and defeating the demon, Ravana, as per the Hindu mythology. Traditional earthen pots (diyas) are lit and houses are decorated with colorful artwork constituting beautiful patterns created on the floor using colored rice or powder. During Diwali, families and friends reconnect by sharing gifts. Families would prepare extravagant meals for the guests including delicious and savory snacks. Another highlight of Diwali is the Indian sweets that come in a variety of colors and flavors flooding the local markets. Diwali is a festival of inclusion and is best celebrated with the near and dear ones with love, warmth, and respect.
Where can you celebrate Diwali this year in Indiana?
IIBC has organized its First Annual Diwali Celebrations at the Governor’s Residence in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 20th. Please join us to add a sparking glow to an evening full of colors, lights, music, and a fine dine at Governor's Mansion. For more details visit: IIBC.Eventbrite.com.