BP Diaz Hosts Bronx Diwali Celebration

BP Diaz Hosts Bronx Diwali Celebration

On Friday, October 13, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in collaboration with the NYC Commission on Human Rights and Members of the South Asian and Caribbean Communities will host the 3rd Annual Diwali celebration observing the Festival of Lights at the Sotomayor Center in The Bronx and recognizing leading individuals.

Diwali “The Festival of Lights” 

Friday, October 13, 2017 

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

(Doors Open @ 6PM. Program starts @ 6:30PM) 

Location:Sotomayor Center, 1000 Rosedale Avenue, Bronx, NY

Program will include: Welcome, prayers, lighting of diyas (little clay lamps), dancing, singing, poems and award presentations.

Vegetarian meals and dessert along with beverages will be served.

Over 300 guests are expected to be in attendance.Indian wear suggested. Business casual attire.


Deepavali or Diwali is the biggest and most important holiday of the year for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists in India, the Caribbean and around the world. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that are lit outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.

This festival is as important to Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter.

For businesses, the day after Diwali is the first day of the new financial year.

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