Diwali San Antonio – “The Festival of Lights”

On November 2, 2013 , the Diwali – Festival of Lights was celebrated at the Hemisfair Park of San Antonio. San Antonians and tourists were gathered together, most especially the Indians from around the world to witness the festive celebration of the Indian culture.. It was held around 5pm until 10pm Saturday and the celebration was free to the Public. There were more than hundred of people went to watch the cultural show that captured the heart of the San Antonians.This was their 5th year celebration in San Antonio Texas. Thus, it influence the culture of the Texans. This celebration was sponsored by the city nurturing the rich culture of Hindu in San Antonio. Officials, different organizations, residence and guests went to experience the event. Food and cultural show has been successfully offered to the people. Traditional Indian dance, crafts, lighted candles and fireworks made the evening truely a Festival of Lights.

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Shows the different cultural dances and Bollywood music of India.

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Preparing for the lighting of the candles

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An Indian woman released her candle.

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Diwali is an official holiday in India

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Lighting the candle signifies the triumph of good over evil.

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officials giving their speech.

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ended the night with a powerful Fireworks.

Diwali is an official holiday in India. It is is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of deepavali which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome.  Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. – From Wikipedia Encyclopedia

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diwali7Now, my experience with this event was beyond amazed. I have never expected to see so many Indian people in one place. I have been to Asian Festival, but this event was celebrated better than the Asian. I guess, they really mainly focused on the Hindu culture wherein Asian is a big continent. We celebrated different culture in different country. I was amaze for the reason it was new to me. We went their a little late, yet we have seen so much culture and shows that really amazed our minds. I must say. Indians are very good dancers and very creative. Their clothes are very festive that attracts the eyes of the audiences. I am one of Bollywood movie fan, so I expected a really good music from this show. It was a very fantastic and really captive upbeat Bollywood music as what I expected it to be. Even though I didn’t understand any lyrics, I enjoyed every beat of it. The dance made me wanna move too. It was a beautiful night with all the colorful lights most especially when they started to light their candles. I have no background of what Diwali is, but I love watching their culture. Lighting the candle for me means making a wish ,maybe releasing all the negativity in to the water or lighting the path of individuals life. I have no idea what it means until I just found out now. It signifies the triumph of good over evil. This culture is amusing since I never experience this. Indians were also partying as each city was called and performed by their different representatives. It was truly a fun night. It ended with a very beautiful fireworks. Those people don’t mess around with their fireworks. We all went home putting another culture in our home. I love Diwali and I want to be part of their celebration again. How about you? Have you been to a Diwali – Festival of Lights?

Thank you for visiting and come back for more 🙂

A

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