9/26/2009 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
“Diwali – Festival of Lights” Celebration
Memorial Park, September 26, 2009
The Seventh Annual Diwali-Festival of Lights will be held at Memorial Park on Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 10 am till 6 pm. Presented by the Asian American Business Council of the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce, festivities will include a wonderful feast of food, music and dance including a traditional Rangoli display. Admission to the festival grounds is free with plenty of free parking available at De Anza College.
Diwali – Festival of Lights marks the beginning of the new business year in India and it is a festival of joy, splendor, brightness, happiness and prosperity. Celebrated throughout the world, typical Diwali traditions include exchanging gifts, new clothes, meeting new and old friends, offering traditional sweets and wishing each other prosperous new year.
Visitors to the festival will be treated to a festive atmosphere of sari festooned trees, spectacular lanterns, and a cultural kaleidoscope of activities and performances. There will be a grand opening ceremony by Honorable Congressman Mike Honda, Assembly member Paul Fong, community and elected leaders in native Indian clothing. The festival will showcase Indian food, music and dancing, featuring classical “Kuchipudi” and “Kathak” to folk “Koli”, and “Innal Kolatam” to popular “Bollywood” dances.
Attendees may get decorative “mehendi” tattooed on the palm of their hands or attend the booths with ethnic Indian art, clothing, jewelry, children’s books and toys. The elaborate and exciting Kids Zone will be packed throughout the day with children visiting the magic show, petting zoo, pony rides, Jump abouts, wood workshop, face painting and coloring contests.
For more information about the festival or membership in the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and the Asian American Business Council, please contact the Chamber in Cupertino at 408.252.7054 or visit the Chamber’s website www.cupertino-chamber.org.