Festival of Light: Diwali Celebrations Around Bay Area

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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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