JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s a celebration that’s been going on for more than 2,000 years.
On Thursday, Nov. 4, Indians across the world celebrated Diwali, the Indian New Year.
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is typically celebrated by socializing and exchanging gifts with friends and family, and lighting oil lamps or candles to symbolize a victory of light over darkness. Fireworks are also a major part of the celebrations.
The religion focuses on nonviolence, family values and respect.
With a large Indian American community here in our area, there are some local festivities!
The Hindu Temple on Merrill Road is holding a Diwali celebration on Friday. It will be held from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville is also hosting an event for members.