Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year (day of the new moon), originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter.
Tickets only available online at Sulekha.com, and are $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 4-12.
Cultural Diwali program and Indian dinner, consisting of children’s dances, music, a theatrical play, arts and crafts and dancing to the latest Bollywood beats.
Nonperishable canned food will be collected and raffle tickets sold to benefit the MI Youth and Family Services and future Diwali events.
The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.
This is the fourth annual Diwali celebration here at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.