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Diwali Celebrations

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Carlisle’s Indian community at their Festival of Lights (Diwali) celebration on November 15. (Courtesy photo)

The Indian community of Carlisle celebrated Diwali on November 15 at a fun-filled event. Diwali—the festival of light—commemorates the triumph of good over evil, and is celebrated throughout India. Traditional Diwali celebrations are spread out over five days, each day signifying important events, culminating with the New Year. Homes are decorated with “diyas” (oil-lamps) and the night skies are lit up with firecrackers. 

So what is Diwali? The word “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali,” originating from the Sanskrit word Dipavali which can be translated to “Festival of Lights.” Diwali is the name for the festival in North-India. In South-India the festival is called “Deepavali”.

The Diwali event was organized by Sushila Singh and Leenam Dalal. We all enjoyed an Indian food buffet at the Priya Restaurant in Lowell. The organizers did a super job selecting a nearby restaurant, sending out Evites, updates and even bringing gift boxes of Mithai. 

(Editor’s note: Mithai are traditional Indian desserts). 

The ladies were decked in gorgeous “Saris” and “Kurtis,” very graceful and colorful attire. Sushila Singh and Vandana Chopra performed Indian dances to  Bollywood tunes. The challenging word search game inspired by the Ramayana and Mahabharata was a fantastic refresher of those timeless epics of morality, ethics, duty and responsibility, embodied in concepts like “karma” and “dharma,” which have now become well known in the west. Editor’s note: Ramayana and Mahabharata are historical epics with the central character as Rama and Krishna respectively.

Last but not least we would like to thank all the attendees for making this event a success.   ∆