Experience Indian art and culture at Festival of Lights, Saturday October 26th from noon to 6pm at Seattle Center. This family-friendly event is held each year to honor and celebrate Diwali, a holiday recognized by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists in honor of the incarnation of the god Vishnu, Rama-chandra. The day marks Rama’s victory over demons and the demon king, Ravana- and is a celebration of “the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.” In this context, light is seen as a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness.
Seattle’s Festival of Lights highlights many of the beautiful and unique traditions of Diwali, including classical dances in the traditions of Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. Local youth will perform various forms of entertainment that they have both created and produced. Festivities include a puppetry show and workshop, dance lessons, face painting and more. Visitors can shop beautiful Indian wares, enjoy authentic Indian cuisine, and enjoy the art of nationally and internationally known Indian artists. Some of the other highlights include:
Flower Mandala (rangoli): This gorgeous decorative arrangement is designed on the floor. Creating these beautiful pieces of art is a tradition that is passed down from generation to generation and is believed to bring good luck.
Henna (medhi) Booth: Henna is a paste that is associated with positive spirits and good fortune. It is used to decorate the skin in intricate and beautiful patterns.
Saree Booth: Sarees are traditional garments worn by women in India. Each color bears a unique meaning.
In partnership with Vedic Cultural Center, Festival of Lights is free to the public. Get all of the details here