Diwali, a five-day Hindu celebration also known as the "festival of lights," began on Nov. 3 and will continue into the weekend as organizations in Boston hold different events to mark the celebration.
From banquets to fashion shows, groups in the greater Boston area have planned a variety of events where people can join the celebration.
Below are some of the Boston area events. If we're missing an event, add it in our comments section.
Miss India Tristate Contest on Nov. 9
The contest will be held at 6 p.m. at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington.
Go to the website for more information.
Diwali Gala on Nov. 9
8 p.m. - midnight
NetSAP Boston, a group for South Asian professionals, is hosting a Diwali Gala at the Taj Boston Hotel (15 Arlington St.). The event will benefit the Akshaya Patra Foundation, which provides food for school children in India. Tickets are on sale here.
The Festival of Lights on Nov. 10
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The United India Association of New England will celebrate Diwali at Newton South High School (140 Brandeis Road, Newton Center) with worship, a fashion show, dinner and a children's fancy dress parade. Entrance is free for members, kids under 12 and participants in the cultural program, fashion show and children's parade. Non-members pay $10.
Diwali Banquet on Nov. 10
Gurjar, the Gujarati Association of New England, is holding a banquet at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn and Conference Center (50 Warren St., Lowell). The event has a formal of traditional Indian dress code. Tickets cost $20 for students up to 12th grade, $35 for college students with an ID, $55-60 for regular tickets and $75 for sponsors. To book tickets, call Ramila Thakker at 781-229-2401, Deval Kamdar at 978-409-1350, or Eshani Shah at 781-942-1690.
Diwali Dhamaka on Nov. 17
The Indian Society of Worcester will celebrate with dances, music and food. Included in the event, which will be held at Marlborough Middle School (25 Union St.) is a dance competition. For members, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and free for participants. For non members, tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids and participants, and all children under 5 enter for free.
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