Diwali ‘Festival of Lights’ set for Oct. 22 in Livermore
LIVERMORE — Diwali “Festival of the Lights” will be celebrated in a free family event on the Bankhead Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is a joint project of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and the Youth and Education Hindu Cultural Community Center in Livermore.
The event will include such traditional Diwali activities as diya decorations, henna, rangoli art, Indian classical songs and dancing, as well as a storytelling of the history and meaning of Diwali. Free craft projects for children will be set up and food and jewelry will be available for sale. All activities will take place in front of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street in downtown Livermore.
An ancient Hindu festival in Nepal and India, Diwali, the “Festival of Lights,” is celebrated in autumn or spring every year. The tradition originated as a festival marking the last harvest of the year before the start of winter and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, with the third day honored as the central Diwali festival or “Festival of the Lights.”
Young dancers perform in a previous Diwali “Festival of Lights”.