City Of Philadelphia To Host Diwali Celebration

Philadelphia, October 16, 2014 – The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MOIMA), in collaboration with the Global Philadelphia Association and the Department of Commerce, will host a cultural showcase at Love Park celebrating Diwali, a popular holiday in the Indian and South Asian communities, on Thursday, October 23.

Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director of the Global Philadelphia Association and one of the initiators of this project, said, “At a time when Indian Prime Minister Modi has just completed his visit to the U.S, it seems fitting that Philadelphia should celebrate its Indian diaspora by marking the Diwali celebration – and this auspicious time in the Hindu calendar.”

Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director of MOIMA noted, “The Indian and South Asian communities in Philadelphia are among the fastest growing in the city and raising awareness about their contributions and cultural heritage is an important part of making Philadelphia a welcoming city for all.”

In keeping with tradition, music, dancing and lights will be the focus of the event taking place in Love Park, beginning at 5 pm. City leaders and Indian dignitaries will be in attendance to help celebrate this occasion.

Philadelphians throughout the city are encouraged to use the following hashtag #DIWALIinPHL to share how they celebrate or what they like about Diwali.

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About Diwali: One of the most celebrated events on the Hindu calendar. The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as Christmas is to Christians.

About Global Philadelphia Association: The Global Philadelphia Association’s mission is to assist – and encourage greater interaction among – the many organizations and people who are engaged in one form or another of international activity within the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the Region, and to enhance the Region’s global profile. The Association coordinates a World Heritage City Working Group, comprised of numerous civic, business, and academic leaders from the Philadelphia region. For more information, visitwww.globalphiladelphia.org.

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