Diwali in America, 2003

October 6, 2003

Source: BBC News


On October 6, 2003 BBC News described the celebrations of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light, that illuminated Manhattan's South Street Seaport on Sunday. The Manhattan celebrations, now in their sixteenth year, celebrate the triumph of good over evil through "traditional Gujarati dance mingled with bhangra-style workouts amidst a feast of Indian cooking and shopping." The organizers of the festival, the Association of Indians in America (AIA), say their goal is to encourage younger Indians to "get involved in American public life without forgetting their Indian heritage. "