San Antonio’s annual celebration of Indian culture and traditions, Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights, will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Hemisfair Park from 5-10 p.m.
Co-hosted by the City of San Antonio and Anuja SA, the Chennai Sister City local nonprofit organization, Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights features traditional Indian dance, entertainment, food and crafts. Some of the highlights of this free, family-friendly celebration include a fireworks display; the releasing of lighted candles, known as diyas, into the fountains of Hemisfair Park; and the Parade of States, a lively and colorful showcase of the diversity of various Indian regions.
On the same day as the Diwali Festival, altars commemorating dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) will be on display at HemisFair Park and available to Diwali attendees.
Diwali (also known as Deepavali) is a significant festival celebrated in India recognizing the victory of good over evil. Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights has grown, since its inception in 2009, to become the largest city-sanctioned Diwali celebration in the U.S. In 2012, the event attracted approximately 15,000 people.
Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights showcases the City’s Sister-City Agreement with Chennai, India, signed in 2008. Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights is the only major celebration showcasing Indian culture in San Antonio. Since signing a Sister City Agreement with Chennai, the City, especially through its International Relations Office, has committed to providing residents and visitors with creative cultural programming.
Attendees are encouraged to utilize VIA’s Park and Ride for the event. Information is available at viainfo.net. For more information on Diwali San Antonio, visit diwalisa.com or call the City’s International Relations Office at 210-207-8100.