East Kentucky Indian Cultural Association’s Diwali celebration set for Saturday

Staff Report

PRESTONSBURG – The East Kentucky Indian Cultural Association is again celebrating its annual Diwali function on Saturday, October 15 at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC).

Details of the program include a lighting and brief religious ceremony and snacks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment and cultural events include traditional and Bollywood style dances and songs followed by a traditional Indian style catered dinner from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. with more cultural entertainment until the event is over.

Free family photographs (one for each family), courtesy of Community Trust Bank, will be available in the lobby area.

Diwali is the biggest and brightest of all Hindu festivals. It is the festival of lights. Diwali is the celebration of life, its enjoyments, and goodness. For Hindus, this day Lord Rama returned from his 14 years of exile after killing the demon king Ravana. For Jains, Lord Mahavira, attained Nirvana. Sikhs and Buddhists also celebrate on the same day for different reasons.

The illumination of homes with lights and the skies with firecrackers is an expression of gratitude to the almighty for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity.

Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil. From darkness unto light, the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds.

For more information, contact Kiren Verma at 606-886-3638.

Staff Report

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