For those of you who celebrate Diwali, India's annual Festival of Lights, you know that this is the time for good eats and great entertainment. Even though the Indian holiday is mostly celebrated with close family, there's still some events out there for the more outgoing folks. Here are some dinners and celebrations going on around town (and beyond) that can help you make the most of the five-day festival, which starts today, November 13.
Diwali Dinner - DOSA What's a celebration without food? In honor of the opening day of the Festival of Lights, DOSA's Fillmore location will be serving Diwali-inspired dishes tonight with an optional $45 prix fixe, four-course meal. In case that's not enough, expect a DJ spinning some Indian and Bollywood tunes as well as some mehndi (henna) tattoos and some jewelry by local artist, Namita Kapoor. This is definitely more than your average dinner.
Diwali Celebration - Cupertino Library If you're down for a drive, the Cupertino Public Library is throwing a celebration this Saturday. The Natyalaya Kuchipudi School of Dance will be on-hand with a classical South Indian dance.
India Celebration - Asian Art Museum Head over to the Asian Art Museum this Sunday for an afternoon of performances and family-friendly activities. Spend the last day of Diwali listening to South Bay artist, Ashwin Batish and his family performing traditional and new Indian tunes. If music's not your thing, teachers from the India Community Center will be there to teach you how to write in calligraphy and Hindu script. Also on the menu: yoga classes for kids, storytelling, and family tours.
If you're looking for something more involved, there are several events celebrating Diwali this year in
Milpitas. No matter if you attend these events or stay home with family, there's no wrong way to celebrate this symbolic festival (although, I'm sure stuffing your face with delicious treats is a big plus).
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