Diwali ‘Festival of Lights’ set for Oct. 22 in Liver­more

Manteca Bulletin - - Local -

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.”

Photo contributed

Young dancers per­form in a pre­vi­ous Diwali “Festival of Lights”.

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