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GARAMCHAI.COM WISHES YOU A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DIWALI 2011 ! >> Features Archieve >> Diwali >> Diwali 2011

Diwali 2011: Divali falls on a new moon day in the month of October or November. Since the precise moment of the new moon falls on different dates depending on geographical location, the date of Diwali also depends on one's location. Diwali festival 2011 date to be celebrated is on 26 October, 2011. The festivities of deepavali last for five consecutive days i.e. two days before the diwali festival that is known as dhanteras & narak chaturdashi and govardhan puja & bhai duj respectively.

Diwali is also called : Row of Lights; Deepavali, Festival of Lights
Observed by Religiously by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. Other Indians celebrate the cultural aspects.

Significance Celebrate life and strengthen relationships
Date New moon day of Kartika, although the celebrations begin two days prior and end two days after that date.

Celebrations Decorating homes with lights, Fireworks, Gift-giving. Observances Prayers, Religious rituals (see puja, prasad)

Articles on Diwali

  • Hindus ask Diwali holiday in Woodbridge schools in New Jersey: Hindus want Woodbridge Township School District (WTSD) in New Jersey (USA) to add Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, to the holiday calendar.
  • Diwali as holiday in Edison schools in New Jersey, Hindus ask: Hindus want Edison Township Public Schools (ETPS) in New Jersey (USA) to add Diwali (Deepavali), the most popular Hindu holy day, to the holiday calendar.
  • Diwali festival is a 5 day Hindu festival in India which occurs on the fifteenth day of Kartika. Diwali when translated means "rows of lighted lamps" and the occasion is also referred to as the Festival of Lights.
    During Diwali, Indian homes are cleaned and windows are opened to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Lamps, lights and candles are lit as a greeting to Goddess Laksmi.
  • BBC: Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia, and is also the occasion for celebrations by Jains and Sikhs as well as Hindus. The festival of Diwali extends over five days. Because of the lights, fireworks, and sweets involved, it's a great favourite with children.The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia, and is also the occasion for celebrations by Jains and Sikhs
  • New Jersey Schools rethink holidays for Diwali. "School calendars reflect their communities and they are not just Judeo-Christian anymore,'' said Rich Vespucci of the state Department of Education. "In a state like New Jersey, which is a gateway into the United States, it's not unusual to see changes in the calendar.",
  • India is the land of festivals but Diwali is one of the few grandest indian festival celebrated all over India with equal enthusiasm and zeal. Diwali Festival is the abbreviation of the Sanskrit word 'Deepavali', which means 'rows of lights'. -
  • Diwali Celebrations Around The World: Includes references to Diwali celebrations in Britain, Guyana, Indonesia, Malaysia , Mauritius, Nepal, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago


Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Arizona

Diwali Celebrations in Phoenix
Date: Diwali - October 26, Wednesday
Bhaiya Duj (Tikka) - October 28
Location: 2804 W. Maryland Ave., Phoenix AZ 85017
Hosted by: Bharityal Ekta Mandir of Arizona 

AZTS - Diwali 2011
Date: Sunday, October 30, 2011 • 3pm
Location: Kiwanis Park - North Soccer Field, 111 W Baseline Road, Tempe, Arizona 85282
Hosted by: AZTS is a non-profit organization conducting the cultural program - Diwali 2011 for its members at Chandler Center for the Arts

The First Annual Diwali Mela - 2011
Date: Saturday, October 8th 2011, 12:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: Kiwanis Park - North Soccer Field, 111 W Baseline Road, Tempe, Arizona 85282
Hosted by: Mauj Entertainment Association with Asia Today 

ISSA Diwali Celebration, Tuscon
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011 · 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, Tucson, AZ
Hosted by: India Society of Southern Arizona (ISSA)

2011 Diwali Celebrations in California


Diwali Celebrations & Mela
Date: October 22nd to 25th, 2011
Location: 3676 Delaware Drive, Fremont, CA, 94538. Phone : (510) 659-0655
Hosted by: Fremont Hindu Temple

Small Steps Foundation Diwali Dandia Nite 2011 
Date :Oct 8 2011 7:30PM to 11:30PM
Location: Centerville Junior High School , 37720 Fremont Boulevard , Fremont , California , 94538
Contact Details: Sanjay Saxena Phone : (510)-224-4773
Hosted By: Small Steps Foundation


2011 Diwali Festival of Lights
Date: Saturday, Oct 8, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Park, Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Hosted by: Cupertino Chamber of Commerce & Asian American Business Council


Sindhi Community of Northern California
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2011 - 7.30pm
Location: The Golden Peacock, 24989 Santa Clara St, Hayward, CA 94544
Diwali Dinner will be on Saturday 15th October 2011 from 6:00 pm to 12:00 ... various cultural events, charitable causes and volunteering opportunities.

Campbell (San Francisco Bay Area)

PanIIT Diwali Dhamaka 2011
Date: Saturday, October 15th, 2011 - from 4pm onwards
Location: Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008
Hosted by: IIT Foundation


Diwali Dhamaka 2011
Event Date: Sunday, October 16, 2011 5:30pm 
Event Location: India Community Center : Milpitas, CA 95035 
Hosted by: India Community Center

Chhattisgarh Association of North America (CHANA)
Grand Diwali Celebration (family friendly fun event).
Date: Friday, Oct 22nd, 2011 @ 7:30 PM,
Location: New Heritage of India Restaurant, 167 South Main St. Milpitas, CA
Hosted by: CHANA


Diwali Mela 2011
Date: October 21-22-23 (Fri-Sat-Sun)
Location: Sunnyvale Hindu Temple, 420-450 Persian Drive, Sunnyvale CA 94089
Hosted by: Sunnyvale Hindu Temple

San Francisco, Bay Area

Diwali Dhamaka – 2011.
Date: Nov 13 2011 6:00PM
Location: Thomas Hart Middle School, 4433 Willow Road, Pleasanton, California -94588. An evening filled with performances, Dinner, Dance, Arts & Crafts, and more.
Hosted By: Tri-Valley Indian Association

Simi Valley, Los Angeles  

Diwali 2011
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2011 - 6.30pm-11:30pm
Location: Simi Valley Senior Citizen Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Hosted by: San Fernando Valley Gujarati Association (SFVGA)

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Connecticut

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Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Florida


Miss Diwali Florida 2011
Date: Saturday, October 8 at 7:00pm - October 9 at 2:00am
Hosted by: Geeta Persaud


Tampa Diwali Dinner
Date: Saturday Oct 29th,2011, 5:00 PM 
Location: ICC 5511 Lynn Rd, Tampa FL 33624 (Musical Program by:- Charan Jeet and group (7:00PM)
Hosted by: ICC Tampa


Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Georgia

Atlanta, GA

NetIP Atlanta Presents the 2011 Diwali Gala
Date: Oct 15th, 2011, 7 PM onwards
Location: Hotel Sol Melia - 590 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta GA 30308
Hosted by: Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP)

GAPS-SASGA Diwali Celebration - Ashiana, Norcross
Date: Saturday October 22nd 2011 8.00 PM onwards
Location: 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd. Norcross, GA 30071
Hosted by: Greater Atlanta Punjabi Society

Diwali (Festival of Lights) Celebration
Date: Sunday October 16 2011 11 AM - 4 PM 
Location: 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd. Norcross, GA 30071
Hosted by: VHP of America/Atlanta

Savannah, GA

SCAD Diwali - Festival of Lights 2011
Date: Saturday, October  22 · 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: SCAD River Club, 3 Martin Luther King Blvd. Savannah, GA
Hosted by: SCAD Milaap


Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Massachusetts

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Gala Dinner and Dance on Diwali
Date: Friday, October 21 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Nabnasset lake country club, 47 Oak Hill Road, Westford, MA
Hosted by: Ruchika Arora, Phone: 978-703-1203

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in North Carolina

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Cary, NC
Date: October 22nd, 2011
Location: Kokabooth Amphitheatre at Regency Park, Cary
Hosted by: Sanskriti - Culture Transcending Borders by The Hum Sub Team

BAPS Diwali & Annakuti
Date: Saturday, October 22 2011 
Location: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560
Hosted by: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Diwali an upscale Bollywood experience
Date: Friday, October 21 at 10:00pm - October 22 at 2:00am
Location: Solas Raleigh, 419 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC
Hosted by: Privilege By Casanova, Soheil Nandwani, Angad Ahuja

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in New York

New York City

AIA New York Chapter Annual Deepavali Festival
Date: Sunday October 2, 2011 Time 12 noon to 8 pm.
Location: South Street Seaport (New York City, Subway 2, 3 to Fulton Street)
Hosted by: The Association of Indians in America  

South Street Seaport , NY  

24th Annual Deepavali Festival - Diwali Mela 2011 at the South Street Seaport
Date: Oct 2nd. 2011 Free Admission
Location: South Street Seaport, NYC, 12pm - 8pm (Subway 2,3,4,5,J,Z & M to Fulton Street)
Hosted by: The Association of Indians in America Inc. NY Chapter

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in New Jersey

Diwali - Indian Festival Of Lights
Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Demarest Park, Intersection Of Hardenburgh Ave & Piermont Rd, In Demarest, NJ 07627
Hosted by: Dedicated Indians of America, New Jersey

Diwali Mela
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 - Sun, 23 Oct 2011 
Location: Garden State Expo Ctr, Somerset, NJ 
Hosted by: Aum Events


Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Ohio

Bollywood Diwali Dhamaka
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 
Location: JEANNE B. McCOY COMMUNITY CENTER 100 West Dublin Granville Road New Albany, Ohio 43054 
Hosted by: Subhajit at +16143542518 Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Association

Columbus Maharashtra Mandal, Diwali Dhamaka-2011
Date: Saturday November 5th, 2011
Location: Daniel Wright Elementary School,2335 West Case Road Columbus, OH 43235 
Hosted by: Columbus Maharashtra Manda


Diwali 2011 Celebrations in  Pennsylvania

Diwali Celebrations
Date: October 26, 2011
Location: Sri Venkateswara Temple 1230 South McCully Dr, Penn Hills, PA 15235
Hosted by: SV Temple Contact : 412-373-3380

Pittsburgh, Deepavali Celebrations
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011: 4:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
Location: Sri Venkateswara Temple 1230 South McCully Dr, Penn Hills, PA 15235
Hosted by: Deepavali Puja followed by Dinner, Fireworks & Cultural Program, SV Temple 

Diwali Mahotsav 2011
Date: Oct 24th - 31st 2011 
Location: Bharatiya Temple, 1612 County Line Rd, Chalfont, PA 18914-1201
Hosted by: Bharatiya Temple and Cultural Center 

Diwali Celebration
Date: Saturday November 5, 2011, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm 
Location: Mount Nittany Middle School Auditorium, 656 Brandywine Drive, State College, PA
Hosted by: Asisan Indian Cultural Assn. State College, PA

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Texas

Deepawali Blast Dinner and Dance Party
Date: Friday, October 28 at 9:00pm Onward
Location: Mogul Indian Restaurant, 2416 Bay Area, Houston, TX
Hosted by: Blue Gurkhas


Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Washington State

Redmond Ridge Diwali
Date: Saturday, November the 19th, 2011
Location: Rosa Parks Elementary School, Redmond Ridge East, Redmond, WA
Hosted by: Redmond Ridge ROA

Seattle Diwali Festival 
Date: 22nd October 2011. 12 PM to 7 PM
Location: Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Avenue Northeast Redmond, WA 
Hosted by: Seattle Utsav, BAPS Seattle

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland area

Data being updated

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Minnesota

Diwali Festival Celebrations
Date: Oct 8th 2011 (Children) and 29 Oct 2011
Location: Jefferson High School, 4001 W 102nd St, Bloomington, MN 55437
Hosted by: TEAM (Telugu Association of Minnesota)

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Other States 

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Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Another State

Diwali 2011 Celebrations in Canada


  • 8th annual Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival will take place October 16 – 23, 2011. This year promises to deliver an ambitious and exciting array of events, talents, and festivities.
  • Celebrate the 10th Anniversary Trillium Diwali Experience the rich traditions of South Asian culture at the largest Diwali fundraiser in North America! Let “Visions of India” entice and dazzle you with stunning decor, champagne reception, Indian treats and trinkets, exciting entertainment and sumptuous food, unique silent auction and dancing to the latest Indian music. .




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