Diwali Festival New York
Diwali Festival 2010
Diwali Festival in NYC, New York, USA
Diwali Festival 2010
3 October, 2010
The Association of Indians in America celebrates its annual Diwali festival at South Street Seaport, showcasing the depth, complexity and beauty of Indian culture and heritage. Highlights include traditional folk and classical dance, arts and crafts and a children’s area.
The festival alos comprises Q&A sessions about Indian culture, exhibitions and the children’s area is equipped with a range of activities such as painting and games. Food stalls sell affordable treats from different regions of India and at nightfall there is a spectacular firework display over the East River at Pier 16.
Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu year. Among many other things, it celebrates the return of Rama from his 14 years of exile, and like many other Hindu festivals it is celebrated in as many fashions as there are people who celebrate it.
The common name of the festival means “row of lights” and traditionally lamps of all sorts are a common sight, as are fireworks and firecrackers. Besides celebrating the victory of good over evil and light over darkness, the little flickering lights also provide refuge and solace in the face of the approaching winter.
Diwali is a major Indian festival that is very significant in Hinduism. Known as the “Festival of Lights,” it symbolizes the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for humankind. Celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional dipa or deeya (earthen lamp, as illustrated). Fireworks are associated with the festival. Diwali is a colloquial name used in North India, while the festival is formally called Deepavali in South India.
South Street Seaport, Manhattan
169 John St, New York, NY 10038
By Subway: Take 2,3,4,5, J, Z, M to Fulton Street. A and C trains to Broadway-Nassau. E train to World Trade Center. Walk East.
By Bus: From Midtown, ride the M15 (South Ferry) down to 2nd Avenue to South Street Seaport stop