Diwali, India’s most important holiday will be celebrated November 2-6, 2021. Both a religious and cultural festival it is usually celebrated for five days and is primarily observed in India by people of Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths, as well as other faiths around the world.
During Diwali, people light many candles and clay lamps (called diyas) in homes, on the streets, in bodies of water, and in places of worship. They also wear their best clothes, eat delicious food, and spend time with their families. Fireworks are often included in Diwali celebrations as well.
Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.
When you stop by the library, take a look at our glass display case across from the circulation desk to see some samples of decorations used during Diwali. You can also celebrate Diwali with Summit Free Public Library in the following three ways:
**Serendipity: Diwali, Festival of Light: Thursday, Nov. 11 at 4 PM For Elementary School Children in Grades K-5:
Our weekly Serendipity stories and songs program for elementary school students will celebrate Diwali. Indian families will describe some of the special customs and activities they enjoy during Diwali. There will be an exciting traditional Indian story, music, and treats. Registrations are suggested, but not required.
**Celebrate Diwali: Saturday, Nov. 13 at 2 PM, For Elementary School Children in Grades K-5:
Learn all about Diwali, and learn how to make special lanterns to light up your holiday. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library. Registrations are suggested, so that we know how many supplies to purchase.
**Dancing for Diwali: A Folk Dance Workshop: Sunday, December 5 at 2 PM: All Ages
In celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, passionate danceholics Neelam and Raj Salwi will offer an introduction to a traditional folk dance of Northwestern India: Bhangra.
Registration is not required, and no dance experience is necessary to join in, but please wear loose and comfortable clothes.
This program is made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. It is FREE and all are welcome.
For more information or to register for any of these programs,, please click on any of the underlined words in the article.
We hope that you will celebrate with us.