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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:


Diwali Family Festival

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Seattle Art Museum

1300 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.


Bellevue Collection Diwali

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3

Bellevue Square

575 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.


Cultural Celebration of Diwali

5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3

Lake City Community Center

12531 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.


Author Reading: Leela’s Diwali Celebration

noon Saturday, Nov. 3

University Book Store Mill Creek

15311 Main St, Mill Creek

Local author Gowri Nat reads and signs her book “Leela’s Diwali Celebration.” Also: crafts and treats.


Diwali 2018

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7

University Heights Center

5031 University Way NE

Celebrate with kids' activities, snacks and music. Free (though donations encouraged.) Please register in advance.

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