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Diwali Celebration at Cleveland City Hall

Diwali Celebration at Cleveland City Hall
Presented by FICA
October 29, 2010

Diwali is also known as the "Festival of Lights". Diwali is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.

Cleveland City Hall  Rotunda decorated for Diwali

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda decorated for Diwali


The Federation of India Community Associations of NE Ohio (FICA) presented a Diwali celebration at the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.

FICA President Mona Alag welcomed the crowd and then introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

FICA President Mona Alag and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

FICA President Mona Alag and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



Mayor Jackson presents a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Cleveland to Mona Alag and FICA.

FICA President Mona Alag and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

FICA President Mona Alag and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dipas) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. Most Indian business communities begin the financial year on the first day of Diwali.

Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshman, from his fourteen-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas and burst firecrackers.

FICA Trustee Sudarshan Sathe

FICA Trustee Sudarshan Sathe spoke about
the significance of Diwali.




FICA Trustee Sudarshan Sathe

Next Sujatha Srinivasan from Kala Mandir School of Dance performed the Ganesh Vandana.

Sujatha Srinivasan from Kala Mandir School of Dance performed the Ganesh Vandana

Sujatha Srinivasan from Kala Mandir School of Dance performed the Ganesh Vandana

Sujatha Srinivasan from Kala Mandir School of Dance



Sujatha Srinivasan from Kala Mandir School of Dance performed the Ganesh Vandana

Sujatha Srinivasan from Kala Mandir School of Dance performed the Ganesh Vandana

Next came a prayer from Pandit Joshi from Shiva Vishnu Temple.

Pandit Joshi from Shiva Vishnu Temple

Pandit Joshi from Shiva Vishnu Temple



Pandit Joshi from Shiva Vishnu Temple



Pandit Joshi from Shiva Vishnu Temple

Pandit Joshi from Shiva Vishnu Temple

Despite some technical difficulties with the sound system the Diya Dance was beautifully performed by Neeti Sharma and Dr. Sangita Mehta.

Diya Dance performed by Neeti Sharma and Dr. Sangita Mehta

Diya Dance performed by Neeti Sharma and Dr. Sangita Mehta



Diya Dance performed by Neeti Sharma and Dr. Sangita Mehta



Diya Dance performed by Neeti Sharma and Dr. Sangita Mehta

Diya Dance performed by Neeti Sharma and Dr. Sangita Mehta

Diya Dance performed by Neeti Sharma and Dr. Sangita Mehta

Neeti Sharma

Diya Dance performed by Neeti Sharma and Dr. Sangita Mehta

Dr. Sangita Mehta




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