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Lighting up America: Diwali festivals grow in US, from Disney to Times Square

Public celebrations are starting to pop up in places ranging from Disneyland and New York’s Times Square to parks and museums.

art and culture Updated: Sep 26, 2017 20:26 IST
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Punjabi dancers performing Bhangra during San Antonio's annual Diwali Festival – the largest city-sponsored Diwali celebration in the nation. (AP)

The holiday of Diwali is starting to light up mainstream America.

Diwali, a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in India and other countries, has long been observed in immigrant communities around the U.S. But now public celebrations are starting to pop up in places ranging from Disneyland and New York’s Times Square to parks and museums.

A Diwali celebration at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. The Diwali celebration at Disneyland Resort, which includes performances of traditional Indian dances and a Bollywood dance party for guests, is part of a festival of holidays at the theme park reflecting cultural traditions from around the world. The Disney festival begins November 10 this year and runs through January 7. (AP)

The Times Square event is the brainchild of Neeta Bhasin, who came to the U.S. from India 40 years ago and is president of ASB Communications. The Times Square event is scheduled for October 7, with dance performances, Bollywood singers, a bazaar of food, saris and other goods, and a lighting ceremony.

Other celebrations will take place around the country, from Disneyland to San Antonio, Texas, to New York’s Rubin Museum, which plans a 24-hour festival of Indian music.

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First Published: Sep 26, 2017 20:25 IST