Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fireworks New York City, Brooklyn: October 2

Happy Deepavali! The fireworks you heard tonight over New York City and Brooklyn were shot off at the South Street Seaport to celebrate the Indian festival of Deepavali.

Deepavali (also: Depawali, Dipavali, and other spellings) marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It literally translated means 'Row of Lights.' It celebrates the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over Darkness and it ushers in the new year.

A festival was held by the Association of Indians in America all day at the Seaport. Besides food and music, the event included:

Excelsior Award - Recognizing successful individuals of Indian origins who have excelled in their respective fields.
Food and clothing drives for the homeless.
Various events and programs in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History.
Social events such as fashion show, movie premier, concerts etc.
Educational Indian Awareness program in schools and Libraries.
Sponsorship and internship programs.
Project India program: To eradicate and educate about HIV in India.

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