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Diwali Events in San Francisco Bay Area


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Family Friendly Diwali with Non Stop Bhangra - East Bay
Start Date : 11/10/2018
End Date :11/10/2018
Venue: Rhythmix Cultural Works
Host :Rhythmix Cultural Works
City :Alameda
Festival : Diwali
Details: Family Friendly Diwali with Non Stop Bhangra - East Bay
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Celebrate Diwali with Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea and a spectacular Fireworks show
Start Date : 11/10/2018
End Date :11/10/2018
Venue: Pier 39
City :San Francisco
Festival : Diwali
Details: Celebrate Diwali with Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea and a spectacular Fireworks show
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BATM's Deepavali Feast Social 2018
Start Date : 10/28/2018
End Date :10/28/2018
Venue: Oasis Palace
Host :Bay Area Tamil Manram
City :Newark
Festival : Diwali
Details: BATM's Deepavali Feast Social 2018
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Celebrating Festival Of Lights - Diwali 2018
Start Date : 10/27/2018
End Date :10/27/2018
Venue: Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
Host :Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization (San Francisco)
City :San Francisco
Festival : Diwali
Details: Celebrating Festival Of Lights - Diwali 2018
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AIA - Dussehra / Diwali Dhamaka
Start Date : 10/27/2018
End Date :10/27/2018
Venue: Santa Clara Fair Grounds
Host :Association Of Indo Americans
City :San Jose
Festival : Diwali
Details: AIA - Dussehra / Diwali Dhamaka
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Diwali

Diwali is a spectacular religious festival. It is held in late autumn, and on the evenings during this time, the windows of houses are illuminated by lamps and candles. From a distance and in the darkness, these hundreds of glowing lights are a wonderful sight.The word Diwali is a shortened version of Deepavali, which means "cluster of lights".The festival of lights is a universal Hindu festival.


In India Diwali is seen as a renewal of life. On this day old lamps are thrown out and a new lamp are bought. New lamps are thought to help the souls of the dead find their way to heaven.


The festival also commemorates the coronation of Prince Rama. When Rama arrives at the end of 14 years of banishment, Hindus rejoice because Rama has conquered Ravana. He has conquered evil and good has triumphed. People show their happiness and joy by lighting lamps in praise of Rama.


Hindus believe that the souls of ancestors come to visit their homes on the new moon day of Diwali. Lamps are lit to guide the departed souls on their way.


It is interesting to note that Diwali almost coincides with Halloween, which takes place on 31 October, and that Halloween in Europe is also traditionally associated with spirits and the dead. Diwali is also associated with the Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. It is the day when Lakshmi is supposed to have emerged from the milky ocean to bring prosperity to the world.


Shopkeepers usually close their accounts at this time. They place their ledgers in front of a picture of Lakshmi and pray for better profits in the coming year. Lakshmi is believed to visit homes that are well lit, so families decorate their homes with flowers and paper chains. The streets are hung with garlands of flowers and are full of lights. People wear their best clothes or buy new ones, children are given presents and new year greetings are exchanged through visits or Diwali cards. Everywhere is clean and shiny for Hindus believe in the cleanliness of body, mind and home. A Rangoli design is created on doorsteps to welcome everybody. Rangoli means a pattern in colour. Traditionally rice flour was used as an offering to the insects, birds and small creatures. Today powder paints, chalk, sand, cereals, seeds or flowers are used to create a rangoli pattern. Delicious food and sweets are prepared. Traditionally Hindus would visit the temple before eating, making merry and visiting friends and relatives. Sometimes friends are met at the temple where there is music, singing and dancing as well as lots of food.

 

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