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    Happy Diwali!

    Diwali is a Hindu celebration of spiritual light. The five-day festival, which kicks off this weekend, also recognizes Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.

    Hindu believers, Indian-Americans and many others will celebrate at events throughout the Bay Area. Below is a list of local festivals and gatherings, with descriptions from event hosts.


    Diwali Dhamaka 2016 Open Mic Karaoke

    Oct. 28

    7:00-10:30 p.m.

    Amador Rancho Community Center

    San Ramon

    Dress code: Traditional Indian attire

    $15 adults, $10 kids

    Includes Diwali dinner buffet


    Diwali Dhamaka

    Oct. 29

    6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

    Titan Gym, Gunn High School in Palo Alto

    Hosted by Melange

    Come for Dance (Bollywood and Garba), with DJ music, enjoy Indian food and sweets, arts & crafts and Henna

    Tickets on sale here


    Stanford Diwali Celebration

    Oct. 29

    4:30 p.m.-Midnight

    Memorial Church & White Plaza

    Stanford University

    Get excited for a whole night of celebrating with a pooja, procession, performances, delicious food and dancing! Everyone is welcome, no tickets required!


    Bollywood Halloween Costume Party

    Oct. 29

    10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

    M Asian Fusion Restaurant

    San Jose

    Dress up in your favorite halloween costumes and celebrate Diwali and Halloween with us

    $10 Tickets, 21 and older



    Diwali Festival of Lights

    Oct. 29

    5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center


    Live dance, candle light ceremony, children's presentation, talk, meditation, live music, vegetarian dinner, music concert with devotional songs by Sharad Gupta

    Registration requested: anubhutiretreatcenter.org/event


    Madhuban Diwali 2016

    Oct. 30

    6 p.m.

    M Asian Fusion Lounge

    San Jose

    $39 adults, $19 kids

    Fun, Food, Family & Friends thats what the Festival of Lights is all about! Live local Bollywood singers!


    Diwali Celebration Festival of Lights

    Oct. 30

    8 a.m.-11 p.m.

    Jain Temple

    722 S. Main Street

    Milpitas, CA 95035

    RSVP Required



    Diwali and Chopda Pujan

    Oct. 30

    4:30-8 p.m.

    BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir


    The ceremony, known as Chopda Pujan, will take place in the evening. Hundreds of new account books – in a variety of paper and electronic forms – are sanctified through the showering of flowers petals and rice grains amid the chanting of Vedic hymns and prayers.



    Kids' Diwali Celebration

    Oct. 30

    11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

    BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir


    At the BAPS Children’s Diwali Celebration, the traditional rituals are combined with insightful explanations and hands-on learning to engage a younger audience. Children participate in events ranging from games to stage shows. This event is specially designed for children to make early memories of celebrating Diwali with their families and friends.



    Diwali Indian Dinner: Festival of Lights

    Nov. 1

    6-8 p.m.

    International House

    UC Berkeley


    Enjoy a lavish buffet of Indian delicacies and see our Dining Hall transformed with festive lights, candles and decorations.



    Grand Annakut Darshan

    Nov. 5

    11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir


    The day following Diwali is the beginning of the Hindu New Year. The Hindu New Year is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut – literally meaning, a mountain of food. Every year a wide variety of unique thals (vegetarian delicacies) are offered in devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the New Year ahead. The Annakut offering includes hundreds of items of food, snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit drinks and other items devotionally prepared by devotees. We cordially invite you for darshan of the Grand Annakut with family and friends.



    Fall Family Fiesta

    Nov. 6

    India Community Center


    11 a.m. to1 p.m.

    A Blend of Indian-American Festivals! Kids will participate in a rich variety of festive activities - including making diyas, lamps and rangoli art, Face Painting and Unique Harvest Activity!

    Children will also make meals for a local homeless shelter.

    $5 per child, Free for ICC members


    Saratoga Diwali 2016

    Nov. 12

    6:30 p.m.

    Saratoga Community Center


    $25 tickets

    Get ready for a fun-filled entertainment evening with a live band, awesome food, and much much more!

    Tickets on sale here

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