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Posted on: October 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Diwali to Draw Thousands Next Weekend

Diwali Performers

Aurora's Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board will celebrate its annual Diwali Festival on Saturday, October 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Waubonsie Valley High School, 2590 Ogden Ave.

Diwali is India's largest annual festival. Celebrated by people throughout India, Nepal and other South Asian countries, the festival marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.

Attended by more than 4,000 people last year, Aurora's Diwali festival will feature the diversity of India's music, dance, clothing and cuisine - while also highlighting the contributions of Indian Americans locally and nationally.

Waubonsie Valley High School's Cloud 9 singing group will perform the National Anthem. Bollywood-style dance groups and special presentations will entertain the crowd throughout the evening. Visitors can purchase food, clothing and jewelry.

The festival will conclude with an outdoor fireworks display beginning at 8:45 p.m.

 The celebration is free and open to the public.

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