The Indian-American community of North Texas is preparing for the 2018 Diwali, which falls on Wednesday, November 7th.


Diwali, the Hindu "festival of lights," is the best known of Hindu festivals and certainly the brightest. While there are many beliefs regarding this festival, the most popular one is that this day symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Amid the dark skies of autumn, lights illumine homes throughout India and her diaspora, while families celebrate with visits to friends and relatives, gifts to each other, donations to the poor, prayers and feasts.


Diwali celebrations generally last for five days, beginning on the 14th day of the dark half of the Hindu calendar month of Asvina. (Every Hindu month is divided into a light half, when the moon waxes, and a dark half, when it wanes.) By the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls in October or November. (source = dfwdiwalimela.com)


Following are some of the Diwali celebrations happening in North Texas.


13th Annual Grand Diwali Mela
Hosted by Dallas-Fort Worth Indian Cultural Society
When: Saturday, November 3
Time: 4 PM to Midnight
Where: The Cotton Bowl in Fair Park
Admission: $10 in advance or $12 at the gate, Children under 10 free, VIP tickets available
Web: dfwdiwalimela.com


Diwali Dallas 2018
Hosted by Tenugu Lessa
When: Friday, November 2
Time: 6:30PM to 11PM
Where: Noah's Event Venue, 5280 Towne Square Dr. Plano
Admission: $60 ~ $75
Web: bit.ly/2EQFxvn
Programs include:
Cocktail Hour
Live Cultural Entertainment
Fun Casino
Bollywood meets Hip-Hop
Tastes of the World


Radha Kalachandji Hare Krishna Temple Hosts Diwali
When: Sunday, November 4
Where: Radha Kalachandji Hare Krishna Temple, 5430 Gurley Ave., Dallas
Time: 4:00PM to 9:00PM
Admission: free
Web: radhakalachandji.com


Diwali and Annakut
Hosted by BAPS Shri Swaminaryan Mandir
When: November 4 ~ November 10
Where: 4601 N. State Highway 161, Irving
Web: baps.org/dallas


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