The India Association of New Orleans will join more than 1 billion Indians around the world in the celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights, on Nov. 14. An annual observance that marks the end of the summer harvest, Diwali means row of lamps.
But more importantly, it holds spiritual significance, reminding celebrants good prevails over evil and to keep hope during tribulation. As the largest festival in the Indian culture, its hallmark is the illumination of the Southeast Asia night sky with lights, lamps and fireworks.
The observance of the India Association of New Orleans (IANO) will be Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner. The evening will feature cultural performances, music, dancing and a maharajah-styled buffet. Janice Miller and trumpeter Percy Williams are the headline acts.