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Cary, NC – The Indian festival known as Diwali (or Festival of Lights, ) will be celebrated in spectacular style at Hum Sub’s 12th annual Cary Diwali on Saturday October 20 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary’s Regency Park.
In India, Diwali is the biggest holiday of the year, as the festival of lights marks the beginning of the lunar new year. Hindus follow a lunar calendar and Diwali officially begins on Tuesday, the 13th of November and will continue for 5 days until Saturday, the 17th of November. Sonali Luniya, past president and board member of Cary’s Hum Sub group, stated that the organization celebrates Cary Diwali a little early due to the busy schedule at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, where the celebration has taken place the last 11 years.
Typically Diwali celebrations include special foods depending on what area of India, but sweets are always a large part.There is a religious aspect to the holiday with times of prayer. In Northern India, people pray for a prosperous year to the goddess of wealth Lakshmi. In Eastern India the the goddess Durga, brings protection. Many people purchase new clothes or other items in a symbolic way to start the new year fresh with hopes of prosperity.
Each year Hum Sub chooses a symbolic theme for Cary Diwali- this year it is “Maitri – Celebrating Friendships,” which will spotlight India through the lens of friendship and harmony. Maitri means unconditional friendship and the group chose this word to symbolize an important trait in an often divisive world. The group is reaching out to the area to help spread understanding of their culture and welcome others in the powerful bond of friendship.
The highlight to culminate a day of dancing, food and craft bazaar will be the headline performance of the internationally acclaimed dance group “Shiamak Davar International” from Toronto, Canada. Shiamak Davar, the founder and artistic director, spearheads the world’s largest dance educational movement, which reaches out to over 70,000 dance enthusiasts across India, Canada, Australia, the UAE, and UK.
This Guru of Contemporary Dance, Shiamak has introduced new dance forms, which blend traditional Indian dance forms with his own personal style. These include his Indo-Jazz Dance Movement and Shiamak Bollywood Jazz presented in several Bollywood hits. His team has appeared in global events like the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010), the World Economic Forum (Davos).
In all more than 50 groups will perform throughout the day and six different food vendors will serve up your favorite curries or tandoor cooking.
There are many activities available to try in the Exhibition tent, be sure to stop by.
For more information please visit HumSub. The event is free to enter, but reserved seating by the stage is ticketed and sold in advance for good view of the stage and headline performance. Tickets are $10.
- Video links of Shiamak Davar International -