Family events to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, around Seattle
Photo: Seattle Art Museum
Diwali, or the festival of lights, starts Nov. 6 or 7 and is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs in India and around the world. Here are a few local Diwali events for families:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.
Seattle Art Museum1300 First Ave
At this all-ages celebration, you can watch live performances, tour the museum’s special exhibit, “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India,” and craft lanterns.
Free, but please preregister.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
Bellevue Square575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue
Performances, a fashion show, sari-draping demonstrations, and rangolis: traditional patterns made of materials such as flowers, sand or colored flour. You can watch artists making floral rangolis, and try and make your own using sand or Microsoft Paint. Henna artists will be on hand, and there will be free samples of Indian sweets.
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
Lake City Community Center12531 28th Ave NE
Enjoy a potluck, stories and crafts at this event run by the Lake City Community Center and the Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library.
noon Saturday, Nov. 3
University Book Store Mill Creek15311 Main St, Mill Creek
Local author Gowri Nat reads and signs her book “Leela’s Diwali Celebration.” Also: crafts and treats.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7
University Heights Center5031 University Way NE
Celebrate with kids' activities, snacks and music. Free (though donations encouraged.) Please register in advance.