Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and recently Sindh Province in Pakistan. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Diwali is a five-day festival in many regions of India, with Diwali night centering on the new moon – the darkest night – at the end of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin and the start of the month of Kartika. In the Common Era calendar, Diwali typically falls towards the end of October, or first half of November each year. The darkest night of autumn lit with diyas, candles and lanterns, makes the festival of lights particularly memorable. Diwali is also a festival of sounds and sights with fireworks and rangoli designs; the festival is a major celebration of flavors with feasts and numerous mithai (sweets, desserts), as well as a festival of emotions where Diwali ritually brings family and friends together every year.
Founder of the Holistic Festival of Life & Wellness – An event to
celebrate life and wellness, Mystic Mandala – A holistic center
and metaphysical store in Plano, The Festival of Colors – The
largest Color party in Dallas and promotes several musicians,
dance troupes and concerts from South Asia each year. From
large event gatherings to weekly “Sangha lunches” at his studio,
his focus is to build and support community while furthering his
own meditation practice. He also operates the community radio
station Bhakti Radio Network and does a show on 104.9FM SUFI
As the Director of Holistic Festival of Life, Jennifer Rae is bringing together vendors, speakers, and entertainment for this one-day event celebrating the human experience. Jennifer has been lovingly applying her exceptional talents for project management and event development to holistic events since 2010. Her skills with organization and collaboration support the successful facilitation of several events throughout the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. She is also the Director of Mystic Mandala, founder of Jennifer Rae Healing, the Healing Arts Community, and serves as event coordinator for multiple community events and projects.
Shefali is the founder of the most traditional Yoga and Metaphysical center in Plano – Dhyana Yoga Center. She is also the creative director for the The Festival of Colors – The largest Color party in Dallas for the past 6 years. Coming from the corporate world, she imbibes her strong work ethics and planning, infuses it with the events that are created to bring community together.
Ananda Lila is the Director of Bhakti radio network, a 24X7 radio station located
in Dallas. You can visit the website at www.BhaktiRadioNetwork.com
She has been involved in the Bhakti Movement for over ten years. Raised in
Midwest America, from an early age she yearned for a spiritual path. In her
adolescence, she set off on a spiritual quest that led her across North America
and South America. Having been on a plant-based diet for over fifteen years, her
search ended when she found an Ahimsa community of Guadiya Vaishnavas in
Dallas, Texas. She says, "Living in a community centered around authentic yoga
practices and a vibrant Vaishnava temple has supported my path and purpose in
life." Feeling passionate about living consciously as a mother, she developed
'Mata and Me', a fair-trade Vedic-inspired clothing brand designed for families..
The Dallas Festival of Lights will be held at the beautiful South fork Ranch in Parker, TX.
The event will feature many Music and dance performances across 3 stages,
Food and beverage vendors, a Diwali Bazaar,
a laser and light show and grand finale fireworks
Tickets are non refundable and non transferable.
A valid photo ID is required at admission.
Only performers are free for Admission.
Children under 5 are FREE admission