The Festival of Lights is coming to Dallas Fair Park and it will be full of festivities according to a Broadway World article which reports,
“The Greater Dallas-Fort Worth community is set to embrace the magic of “Diwali – The Festival of Lights” like never before as it prepares for the grand Diwali Mela 2023, a one-of-a-kind celebration to be held at the iconic Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Highlighting the Extravaganza, guests will witness the hallmark of Diwali, as dazzling fireworks perfectly synchronized with lively Bollywood music. In addition to the fireworks, attendees will be treated to a laser show, cultural programming, kid’s games, rides, vendor booths, and authentic Indian cuisine from various food vendors.”
With the event gathering so much excitement, the people behind this year’s Diwali Celebration couldn’t be any more excited too according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,
“Asha Rajagopal, cultural coordinator for community performances, said these performances aim to represent the diversity of languages, art forms and traditions in India. “We thought that the best way to bring the spirit [and] essence of Diwali is to have representation from all of these different groups and all of these different communities.”
Shreya Bhat, president of the Radha Krishna Temple in Allen, which is helping organize Diwali Mela, said she is proud to see a celebration of this size in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Several hundred people will be traveling to the Cotton Bowl from other areas including Houston, Austin and Oklahoma, she said. “We have the best Diwali celebration in [the] U.S.A.”
Diwali is a major festival in Sikhism, Jainism and Hinduism where celebrants light up their homes and temples through clay lamps.