Diwali Events Celebrate Light in NYC

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Bright Lights Business (BLB) issued their list of must-do events celebrating Diwali, the Hindu New Year, in New York City as the area continues to recover from flooding and blackouts caused by Hurricane Sandy two weeks ago and many look for a way to celebrate the return of power to the city.

BLB released the list of the color- and light-filled events this week as the city prepares to celebrate Diwali with the rest of the world and news of the Indian Festival of Lights events draws attention in New York as power is restored to many areas of the city.

The five-day festival celebrates the Hindu New Year today (Tuesday, Nov. 13) and will see lanterns lit across the city as people celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Shops and trees will be covered in lights and many with ties to the culture will be outfitted in bright traditional clothing as they share gifts and enjoy tasty treats. Events across the city began this past weekend and will run through Nov. 18.

The list of must-do events released by BLB includes the Annual Diwali Mega Bash Nov. 17 at the K Lounge, where traditional clothing and Bollywood dance will dominate the New York nightlife scene, and the Diwali tasting menu at Moti Mahal Delux (all week) where traditional and fusion food will be highlighted. The Chinese Mirch, also on the list, will be offering henna tattoos at dinner and will also be donating money for every diner that eats at the restaurant during Diwali to Red Cross for Sandy Relief.

Diwali is a festival celebrated by several groups including Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs and is often done so by decorating the home with lights and candles, with fireworks displays and the offering of sweets and gifts as well as through prayer and other religious rituals. With the recent restoration of power to much of the city the Festival of Lights is cause for celebration to those of Hindu descent and those simply looking for a way to celebrate surviving the massive storm. Portions of the city were able to get back up and running within a few days, as tweeted out by many New Yorkers including nightlife mogul Mark Birnbaum, but power was only fully restored to areas inspected and approved for restoration this week with the help from technicians across the continent.

The Diwali Festival of Lights comes at just the right time for New Yorkers as power is restored to much of the city. With many events happening around the city celebrating the Hindu New Year there is something for everyone – from food and parties to prayer and meditation.

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