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Galway to shine in the Indian Festival of Lights

THE GALWAY Indian Community will hold its annual Diwali celebration at the Salthill Hotel, Galway Saturday 29th October 2022.

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, and it provides an opportunity for those who value Indian traditions and culture to get together and celebrate in a family-friendly manner. Diwali, also known as Dipawali, is India’s most important celebration of the year. The event is named after the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to represent the inner light that shields them from spiritual darkness. Diwali has evolved into a national festival that is now celebrated by non-Hindu populations. For example, in Jainism, Diwali commemorates Lord Mahavira’s nirvana, or spiritual enlightenment, on October 15, 527 B.C.; in Sikhism, it commemorates the day Guru Hargobind Ji, the Sixth Sikh Guru, was released from incarceration. Diwali is also celebrated by Buddhists in India.

This year’s celebration will begin with solemn contemplation for Lakshmi Puja, after which the lamps will be ignited to represent the triumph of light over darkness. An authentic Indian dinner will be served following an address by the event’s guests of honor. This will be followed by a live Bollywood party with DJ Shubs and a disco featuring Bollywood and Bhangra tunes.

The Galway Indian Community was established in 2006 with the goal of preserving and transmitting Indian culture and customs to the next generation Galwegians of Indian heritage, as well as sharing this culture with the larger Galway community.

News by Moushumi Mandal, Galway Indian Community.

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