Diwali Celebrations this year

How is it like celebrating Diwali in bay area this year 2010? There’s been Dandiya dances all over in October. The desi stores are decked up with Diwali mithai and puja stuff. You could be planning get-togethers with friends and family. And now there are Diwali festivals being organized all over the bay area, and you could decide to attend one of those.

There is general festivity in the air. Even the stores in the malls and elsewhere are beginning to show that holiday season is not far away. So if you would like to do any new purchases on occasion of Diwali – the Dhanteras Tradition, its not a bad time either.
The lead this year, like others, for Diwali celebration is being provided by the temples of the region.
The Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar is organizing what they call ‘Diwali Celebration like back home in India‘ for five days from Nov 2 to 7 in Milpitas.
The Sunnyvale Hindu Temple is organizing Diwali Mela 2010 from Oct 29 – 31. The Livermore Hindu Temple is organizing special puja on Nov 5 and 6. The Fremont temple has the big festival going on on Nov 6. The Sikh Gurudwaras have a huge Diwali celebration and langar on Diwali as well.

Diwali at Fremont Gurdwara
Diwali at Fremont Gurdwara

Adding to the festival calendar during this time, especially for the kids, is Halloween. If adults want to indulge, there is Halloween Party + Miss India Norcal at an event organized in Milpitas.

The businesses and other associations have been active as well. Cupertino Chamber of Commerce & Asian American Business Council organized Diwali Festival on Oct 8, and IIT Foundation had their cultural competition on Oct 2 in Campbell.
The Tri Valley Indian Association is also organizing their Diwali night on Nov 13 at the Hart Middle School, Pleasanton. So if you are in Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore, Danville – this could be your local Diwali festival. (UPDATE Nov 4, 2010 – the Pleasanton event stands cancelled).

Private parties and potlucks on Diwali are common – then there are Diwali Meetups like this one if one is interested in for San Ramon Pleasanton area for Nov 6.

And finally, for the day of Diwali, plan on dressing up, lighting up your house, do rangoli, puja, eat a lot of mitthai but refrain from any fireworks.

Celebrate Diwali in Tri Valley

The Tri Valley Indian Association is celebrating Diwali in style by organizing a “Diwali Dhamaka 2010” event on Saturday, November 13th at the Hart Middle School, Pleasanton.
Its to be a night of fun, celebration, dance and good food.
The actual day of Diwali is a week before, on 5th of November. So keep that weekend for worshiping and puja, and culminate the festivities with a dhamaka the next week!

TVIA Diwali 2010

Date: Sat, Nov 13th, 2010
Location: Hart Middle School, Pleasanton, CA.
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: Adult – $20
Kids (5yrs – 15yrs) – $10
Kids (3yrs – 5 yrs)- $5
Kids (Under 3 yrs)- Free
Discount of 10% for 10 tickets or more; tickets available at sulekha.com
Diwali celebration in Tri Valley
This event is cancelled as of Nov 4, 2010. Here is the email communication from tvia.
On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 11:25 AM, TVIA East Bay wrote:

It is with great regret I want to inform you that this year’s Diwali event has been cancelled. We couldn’t organize the event this time due to lack of participation.
We hope to get more volunteers in the future so that we can continue promoting Indian traditional events in the East Bay Area.

Nevertheless, Happy Diwali 2010 wishes to you and your family !
TVIA committee.