Diwali festival: What you need to know

Diwali 2019: Where in Atlanta you can celebrate the festival of lights

Festival celebrates triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil

Diwali, one of India’s most prominent festivals, celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. Also called the festival of lights, it is celebrated October 27 this year. 

Several events are planned for those who always celebrate and those who are new to the festival.

Celebrate Diwali: A Cultural Exploration

11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19

Children’s Museum of Atlanta: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Gather around the stage for an interactive puppet show about the five days of Diwali. Kids also can learn traditions, as well as Bollywood and traditional dance. CMA’s Diwali festivities continue off-stage in the learning studios and at the Science Bar, where children can decorate Diwali candle holders, make their own lanterns, or explore the colors and wonders of light with prisms.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

460 Rockbridge Road NW, Lilburn, GA 30047

Kids’ Diwali Celebration: 2 p.m. onward Saturday, October 19

At the children’s event, the traditional celebration is combined with explanations and hands-on learning to engage a younger audience. Kids participate in events ranging from games to making small oil lamps that symbolize the triumph of light over darkness. This event is for children up to age 14. There is a $20 fee.

Diwali – the Festival of Lights | Chopda Pujan & Fireworks

Diwali Chopda Pujan: 3 pm 

Diwali Maha Arti & Fireworks: 7:30 pm

On  Sunday, October 27, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandi invites everyone to celebrate the festival of lights. “Open to one and all, the celebration is an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular fireworks, traditions, and rich culture of the Hindu faith,” its website states. Offsite parking will be at 6100 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker GA 30084, with a free shuttle to the mandir.

Grand Annakut Darshan

noon to 8 p.m. Monday, October 28

The day after Diwali is the Hindu New Year, traditionally celebrated with Annakut — meaning a mountain of food.

Offsite parking will again be available at the Lawrenceville Highway location.

Diwali Celebration

1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 20

Sharon Forks Library: 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming, GA 30041

All ages and cultures are welcome at this event hosted by the Fulton County Public Library and FCPL Friends and Advocates. There will be crafts, Indian food to sample and dance performances.

Dance performance schedule: 

2 p.m.: Atlanta Nritya Academy 

2:35 p.m.: Darshini Natyalaya School of Dance 

3:10 p.m.: NG’s Dance 

3:45 p.m.: Jalpa Dance Academy 

4:05 p.m.: Akansha’s Dance Studio 

1:30-4:30: Crafts, food and more throughout the library

United Diwali Fest 2019

3-8 p.m. Saturday, October 26

Infinite Energy: 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097

Perhaps the largest Diwali event is presented by the Consulate General of India in co-operation with the Indian American Associations. In addition to Indian food and vendors, you can watch multicultural dance performances. There will also be fireworks. Entry is free.

Punjabi Society Diwali Celebration 2019

7-11 p.m. Saturday, October 26

Ashiana Banquet Hall & Fine Indian Cuisine: 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd. 101, Norcross, GA 30071

Hosted by the Punjabi Society, this festival of lights celebration promises “fun, food and frolic” while celebrating traditions. Tickets are $10 for those under 12, $25 for all others.

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