Community Diwali Celebration
Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.
Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up lamps and candles inside and outside their home, participate in puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts.
We will be practicing these rituals with you all, guided by the hosts: Ritika Kumar and Monterey Yoga.
Puja will be at 6pm, followed by Arati (Hindu ritual of worship), after which we will all join together in a feast of great food.
Bring your favorite dish as an offering.
Suggested donation $10 for each family. Please RSVP here