Posted by Emma B | Oct 23, 2022 | Family Friendly, Festivals, Food & Drink, Lights, Outdoor, Save Money | 0
Diwali in Houston – Image Credit: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Houston, TX, USA Facebook Page No 1 Birthday Candle
Houston will be celebrating this year with light displays, ceremonies, and meals. Diwali in Houston officially begins at the end of October. One of India’s most significant holidays, the celebration honors the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.
The five-day celebration is celebrated with lights, prayers, fireworks, get-togethers with relatives, and feasts. Diwali is a festival celebrated every year that spans the Moon’s orbit of the Earth and is based on the Hindu lunar calendar. After the pandemic cancellations of 2020, in-person festivities made a significant comeback in 2021, and this year promises to be even greater.
So, let’s see some of the best Diwali events in Houston this year:
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The Diwali ceremony is observed in the temple by lighting hundreds of candles in different spots throughout the temple and presenting a special Prasadam to the Deity. A special Candle-light Aarti is performed and thousands of Dipa are offered to the Deities as part of the celebration of Dipawali, which is also known as Govardhan Puja and the Annakut Ceremony.
Cost: Free When: 24th October from 6 pm – 8:30 pm Where: 1320 W 34th St, Houston, TX 77018, United States
The Diwali Gift by Shweta Chopra and Shuchi Mehta is a special Diwali reading. This delightful story of three inquisitive monkeys honours Diwali by highlighting Indian culture and the customs and festivities associated with this festival.
Price: $7.50 Timings: 27th October from 11 am onwards Location: 4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381, United States
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The temple will host a variety of Diwali celebrations, including Sandhya Arti, Hanuman Pujan, Maha Arti & Fireworks, and the Festival of Inspiration. There will be a spectacular celebration of Chopda Pujan and Diwali. Enjoy Annakut Darshan as you ring in the Hindu New Year. You are graciously invited by the temple to visit the Annakut with your family.
How Much: Free Open From: 22nd, 23rd and 24th October with varying timings Located at: 1150 Brand Ln, Stafford, TX 77477, United States
At Willow Ridge High School, Reuniting Indians in Cultural and Social Activities (RIICAS) will hold Diwali Masti. A fashion show, a festival outfit competition, and dance performances will all be included in the complete celebration. And if you get hungry, don’t worry. Dinner will be an authentic Indian feast provided by the event organizers.
Price: $10 and up Timings: 29th October from 3 pm – 10 pm Location: 16301 Chimney Rock Rd, Houston, TX 77053, United States
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The hosts will offer you a glass of champagne as they welcome you. Among Houston’s top DJs, DJ Impact of Dhol Beat International, brings you Bollywood beats. Players of the tabla and the dhol perform live. Enjoy a fantastic Diwali Special Food Spread that our chefs have put up. Unique decorations that honor the true spirit of Diwali. Eat, drink, and dance all night long!
Cost: $75 When: 23rd October from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Where: 3 Waterway Square Pl #100, The Woodlands, TX 77380, United States
In Hindu culture, Diwali is the equivalent of Christmas. Across this special WonderWeek, join in as they celebrate Diwali and engage in a number of culturally diverse activities and crafts throughout the museum. There are many different activities, such as Mandala Designs, Paper Diyas, Rangoli Revelry, and “Sparkler” Fireworks.
How Much: 25th October from 10 am – 5 pm Open From: 8th – 12th November from 12 pm – 6 pm Located at: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004, United States
So, which Diwali event in Houston will you be attending this year? Let us know in the comments section below.
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