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Diwali: Lights of India is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with Northwest Share.

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

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In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.

The festival will take place in-person: Saturday, October 22, 12pm-6pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Diwali: Lights of India showcases the arts and culture of India, adapted from, and closely following Diwali, the most popular annual festival celebrated around this time in India. The indoor festival, free for the public and suitable for all ages, attracts audiences from far and wide to converge in Seattle Center for a memorable afternoon of joy, conviviality and cultural experiences that are exuberantly Indian.

In addition to entertainment featuring nationally- and internationally known artists with participatory and educational content, you will also enjoy classical, contemporary and folk Indian dances and other musical and dance entertainment produced and presented by youth.

Diwali: Lights of India will also feature a flower mandala (rangoli) decorative arrangement on the floor, henna booth, saree booth, puppetry show and workshop for children, face painting, Indian chai corner, and other attractions. With delicious food from many regions of India and tempting shopping opportunities presented by vendors, the festival promises to engage, entertain and inform attendees of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

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OVERVIEW

Seattle Center Festál presents Diwali: Lights of India in partnership with Northwest Share. This year’s virtual festival features music, dance, visual art, martial arts, a cooking demonstration and more.

HISTORY

Diwali (Festival of Lights) is a major cultural celebration observed throughout India every fall. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. During Diwali in India, houses and business locations are brightly illuminated with lamps, diyas (oil lamps), and candles. Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, is worshiped for prosperity. Diwali is celebrated with families and friends, wearing new clothes, partaking in family feasts, enjoying delicious sweets, sharing gifts and most importantly, setting off firecrackers!

Northwest Share is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Seattle, founded in 2000 to promote arts, culture, tradition, heritage, education, health, and humanities. Northwest Share organizes many arts and cultural festivals all around Washington State in partnership with City of Redmond, One Redmond Foundation, City of Bellevue, City of Issaquah, Festál, Seattle Center, Washington State Parks, Northwest Folklife, etc. The organization also runs a free vegetarian food truck and distributes free food to people.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • India is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world.
  • India is the seventh largest country by area and second most populous country in the world.
  • India has the world's second highest number of languages, approximately 780 languages including various dialects.

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