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A celebration of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance.

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Guest artist Anuradha “Juju” Palakurthi (rear) posing with one of the many families that turned out for Symphony Masala. Performed October 21, 2023, in Nashua, NH, it was a cultural celebration of the Indian community and its musical traditions. Photo | Keith Spiro

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. The holiday celebrates the triumph of good over evil and this year it is celebrated today, November 12, 2023. A major focus of Diwali is family as they gather to eat special foods and sweets, and light decorative oil lamps.

My first exposure to its celebration was in Dublin, Ireland, when a friend and colleague from Gurgaon, Haryana, India brought me along as his guest. I have never forgotten the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes.  The delicious food and interesting rituals (explained to me as they were happening) and the overall amazingly colorful experience.

The Manchester Ink link sends good wishes to all who celebrate this holiday.


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