Cary, NC — Rain didn’t stop a crowd from attending the 15th annual Cary Diwali Festival at Booth Amphitheatre last weekend on Saturday, October 10, 2015.
Cary Diwali Photos
Dave Gill brought his camera to take photos and talk to the festival-goers and dancers.
Diwali, a festival celebrating nine goddesses defeating an evil demon in battle, is the largest celebrated holiday in India. Known as the festival of lights, it is celebrated with family, feasts, dancing and the giving of gifts. Diwali provided ample space for last minute shopping.
“Now I’ll be known as the selfie girl,” said nineteen year old Apitha Sairam of Cary.
All dancers finished with a strong flourish.
The Board of Directors for the 15th annual Cary Diwali Festival.
Young dancers await their turn to perform with anticipation.
Poonan and Gyan Gupta founded Cary Diwali and have organized it for the last 15 years.
Rajini Pavan Haridas from the Spice and Curry Restaurant serves up a traditional dish.
A rainy day greeted festival attendees.
Diwali is celebrated for five nights. People pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Diwali is known as the festival of light, celebrating light over darkness, good over evil. The festival is celebrated all over India by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs (three very different religions).
More people celebrate Diwali than another other holiday on Earth.
Anjali Smallwood looks on with her dancing troop “Sun Day Tweens.”
Cary Diwali Chairman Gyan Gupta and Cary Mayor Weinbrecht sit with their families during the final show of the evening.
Photos and captions contributed by Dave Gill.