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PHOTOS: Flushing Town Hall celebrates eighth annual Diwali Festival

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A dancer performs at Flushing Town Hall’s eighth annual Diwali Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5. (Photo by Adrian Childress)

Flushing Town Hall celebrated its eighth annual Diwali Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, with a rangoli art competition and display, a dance party and performances and delicious Indian cuisine. 

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a day of solidarity, where the soft light of diyas — or oil wick candles — illuminate streets and homes, banishing the darkness of ignorance and suffering. It began as a part of an ancient harvest festival, which celebrated the fertility of the earth and prosperity of the new harvest. 

Though Diwali has taken on a significant meaning in Hinduism, in India it is celebrated by all groups regardless of religious affiliation as a time of renewal and growth. 

The festival included traditional rangoli design with artist Anju Gupta, a cooking demonstration with by Queens Curry Kitchen with Chef Nupur Arora, henna design by Bella Herbal Beauty and ayurvedic treatments with Shweta Parmar. Abha Roy, a master teaching artist and artistic director of the Srijan Dance Company, shared the stage with IMGE: Ishita Mili Global Exposé for a performance rooted in Indian classical, hip-hop and contemporary dance.

The program was sponsored by the Guru Krupa Foundation.

(Photo by Adrian Childress)
(Photo by Adrian Childress)
Henna design by Bella Herbal Beauty (Photo by Adrian Childress)

 

A cooking demonstration with Queens Curry Kitchen Chef Nupur Arora (Photo by Adrian Childress)
IMGE Dance Group (Photo by Adrian Childress)
Srijan Dance Group (Photo by Adrian Childress)
(Photo by Adrian Childress)
(Photo by Adrian Childress)

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