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Published on Monday, October 22, 2018

Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights Celebrates San Antonio’s Indian Community

San Antonio’s Diwali is the largest city-sanctioned celebration of Indian culture in the U.S., drawing over 15,000 attendees a year

Trevor Whitney, (210) 207-3915,
Kausi Subramaniam, (210) 273-2200,


SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 22, 2018) – San Antonio’s annual celebration of Indian culture and traditions, Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights (Diwali), will celebrate its tenth anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. This year, the footprint of Diwali will expand to both the Arneson River Theater and Hemisfair.


Diwali is co-hosted by the City of San Antonio and Anuja SA, a local nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the Sister City alliance between San Antonio and Chennai, India. The event features traditional Indian dance, entertainment, food, and crafts. Some of the highlights of this free, family-friendly celebration include a live firework display, the releasing of lighted candles, known as diyas, into the fountains at the Tower of the Americas and a colorful celebration of India’s various states – The Parade of States – which will be showcased in a river parade format.


Diwali is the biggest and brightest festival in India that historically celebrates the victory of good over evil. Since its inception in 2009, the San Antonio spin-off has grown to become the largest city-sanctioned Diwali in the United States, attracting approximately 15,000 attendees annually.


“During this landmark Tricentennial year for our city, events like Diwali truly highlight the celebration of diversity and inclusivity that has made San Antonio the culturally enriched city that it is,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “We are grateful to our Sister City organization Anuja SA which has provided the opportunity for our city to celebrate this vibrant Indian tradition for the past decade.”


Anuja SA was created shortly after the Sister City agreement was signed between San Antonio and Chennai in 2008. With support from the City of San Antonio’s International Relations Office, the organization is dedicated to maintaining the relationship between the two cities through various outreach activities and exchanges.


“Anuja SA is excited to be celebrating the 10th Annual Diwali SA Festival of Lights with the City of San Antonio,” said Anuja SA’s President Kausi Subramaniam. As we move the event back to Hemisfair, there will be several additional elements that have been added to give our guests an even more culturally stimulating experience. We are thrilled that Diwali SA has truly become a part of the fabric of San Antonio and its people!”


For more information on Diwali San Antonio, visit



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