Monday, October 25, 2010

Diwali Celebrations in Southern California

NETIP Los Angeles Diwali Gala 2009
November 5 marks the start of Diwali, the annual "Festival of Lights." It's a happy five-day event that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. And what better way to celebrate than with food, fun, friends, fanfare, and, well, I better stop before the alliteration gets me into trouble!

Happy Diwali, everyone!

Diwali Celebrations in Southern California

Oct. 30:
:Diwali Mela 2010, Indian Cultural Center of Los Angeles, Reseda High School, Reseda. Cultural program, Food, Booths.

:Diwali 2010 Musical Extravaganza, Indo-American Senior Heritage, Sanatan Dharma Temple, Norwalk. Dinner, Music by Preetysha & Her Orchestra (old and new Hindu movie songs)

Nov. 3:

:Diwali -- 4th Annual Red Carpet Event, Tanzore restaurant, Beverly Hills. 3-Course Festival Menu, Live Sitar, Henna Artist.

Nov. 4:
:Diwali -- 4th Annual Red Carpet Event, Tanzore restaurant, Beverly Hills. 3-Course Festival Menu, Live Flute, Henna Artist.

Nov. 5:
:Diwali -- 4th Annual Red Carpet Event, Tanzore restaurant, Beverly Hills. 3-Course Festival Menu, Live DJ, Dancing,  Henna Artist, Exhibition Booths, Bollywood Dancers.

:Diwali Celebrations, Shree Ramkabir Bhakta Samaj of Southern California, Bhakta Cultural Center, Norwalk

:Diwali Dinner and Annual General Meeting, Hindu Matiya Patidar Samaj of Southern California, Hindu Matiya Patidar Samaj, Norwalk.

Nov. 6:
:Diwali -- 4th Annual Red Carpet Event, Tanzore restaurant, Beverly Hills. 3-Course Festival Menu, Live DJ, Dancing,  Henna Artist, Fashion Show, Exhibition Booths, Bollywood Dancers, Club Night after 11:30 p.m.

Nov. 7:
:Diwali -- Children's Day, Tanzore restaurant, Beverly Hills. Diwali Skit, Storytelling, Fashion Show, Dance Performances, Snacks, Drinks.

: Diwali Celebration, A More Balanced World, Senior Center Simi Valley, Simi Valley. Dinner, Dancing.

Nov. 13:
: After Diwali Mela Party, Moksha Indian Cuisine, Canoga Park. Updated 11/6/10: Tickets ($25/each) must be purchased in advance by calling (818) 368-4103. Time: 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Dinner, Live DJ, Dancing, Live Indian Musical Performances, Live Indian Comedian.

:Diwali Cultural Program '10, Pasadena Hindu Temple, Cliffton Middle School Auditorium, Monrovia. Food, Cultural Program: Music, Dances, Skits, and more.

Nov. 14:

: A Joyful Diwali Celebration, Chili Beatz, The Canyon Club, Augora Hills. Live Bollywood Music, Dinner, Dance.

Dec. 4:

:NETIP Flavors of India Gala (Combined Diwali and Holiday Event), NETIP Los Angeles, Sheraton Delfina, Santa Monica. Updated 11/20/10: Four-course Indian dinner, Vodka Pani Puri, Indian dance performances, stand-up comedian, plus after-party with a live DJ. 

Will you be attending a Diwali celebration this year? (If I left a SoCal event off of the above list, please leave me a comment and I'll update this calendar.)


  1. Diwali! I saw beautiful pictures a while back and I've always wanted to go--right in India. Will they have those lights in these events, you think? :)

  2. Carren: The only one of these events I've previously attended is the NETIP Gala, and that event didn't have the lights. Nick and I hope to attend one of the events at Tanzore this year, so I'll let you know the restaurant's Diwali set up afterwards. I'd bet some of the temple events have the lamps -- at my temple growing up, they'd accept donations from temple-goers to light the lamps, then they'd set the lamps up all over the sidewalks.

  3. When is the after party at Moksha?

  4. Calig: The after party at Moksha starts at 7:30 p.m. and will run to about 11:30 p.m. or midnight. I also found out for you that tickets ($25/each) must be purchased in advance by calling (818) 368-4103. Time: 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. The event will include dinner, a DJ, dancing, live Indian musical performances, and an Indian comedian. I'm not sure that Nick and I can make this event, so feel free to leave a note here afterwards to let us know how it was!

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