Diwali: Lights of India is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with Northwest Share.
In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.
In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.
The festival will take place in-person: Saturday, October 22, 12pm-6pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Diwali: Lights of India showcases the arts and culture of India, adapted from, and closely following Diwali, the most popular annual festival celebrated around this time in India. The indoor festival, free for the public and suitable for all ages, attracts audiences from far and wide to converge in Seattle Center for a memorable afternoon of joy, conviviality and cultural experiences that are exuberantly Indian.
In addition to entertainment featuring nationally- and internationally known artists with participatory and educational content, you will also enjoy classical, contemporary and folk Indian dances and other musical and dance entertainment produced and presented by youth.
Diwali: Lights of India will also feature a flower mandala (rangoli) decorative arrangement on the floor, Indian chai corner, henna booth, spice making, face painting, flower garland making, cooking decorating, roti making, mixing of aromatherapy oils, and many more hands-on activities suitable for all ages. Offering delicious free vegetarian food, the festival promises to engage, entertain and inform attendees of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
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