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Cary Diwali 2011

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By Kri Kiger

By Kri Kiger

A few weekends ago, my husband and I experienced the Diwali Festival. This is a five day festival that represents the start of the Hindu New Year. It begins in October or November, depending on the moon, and marks the beginning of winter.

The event took place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on October 22, 2011 from 11:30 am – 8:00 pm. The festival was bursting with Indian culture. There was authentic food, saris for sale, and exotic house made jewelry with large gems and shiny gold trim. The atmosphere was lively and full of celebration. Near the end of the festival, a Russian Dance Ensemble named “Mayuri” performed a traditional Indian dance. To end the day of culture and entertainment, there was a large fireworks display which brought an outstanding event to an exciting close.

Although my husband and I are not Indian, we were warmly welcomed into the festivities. Indeed, we were but one of a variety of ethnicities represented.  All appeared to thoroughly enjoy experiencing a dash of India. We’ll attend this festival again, and heartily recommend it for all.  This festival transcends borders!

Happy Diwali!