Fall Community Day 2021: Diwali

Dancers in traditional Hindu costume during a performance in the Renaissance Court at WAM

Sunday, November 7, 2021
Free admission all day

Celebrate the traditional fall Hindu “Festival of Lights” with the India Society of Worcester on WAM’s Free First Sunday! Diwali gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. Join us for a full day of Indian dance, music, food, and art making!

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  • 10:30am, Museum Library
    Story time with author Geeta Pherwani, Reena and the Diwali Star
  • 11am-12pm, Renaissance Court
    Diwali lamp lighting and cultural programming with dance and music
  • 12:30pm and 2:30pm, meet in Lancaster Lobby
    Special docent tour: Honoring Lakshmi: Lotus, Mudras, and other symbols in Hindu and Buddhist Art
  • 1pm, meet in Lancaster Lobby
    Highlights of WAM's Collection tour with a docent.
  • 1:15-2:15pm, Renaissance Court
    Diwali cultural programming with dance and a fashion show, “Saree – A Cultural Heritage of India”
  • 2:45pm, Museum Café
    Mithai, Sweets making demonstration – Kalakand recipe
  • 3pm, Museum Library
    Story time with author Ushma Multani, The Pajama Party
  • 11am-3pm, Higgins Education Wing (HEW)
    Art activities for all ages, abilities, and interests:
    • Mandala Art activity led by WAM's Teen Council
    • Rangoli Sand Art led by WAM instructors
  • 11am-3pm, Lancaster Lobby
    Learn more about India and the India Society of Worcester
  • 11am-3pm, Lancaster Lobby
    Henna by Meghna
  • 11:30am-3pm, Museum Café
    Traditional Indian cuisine available for purchase (cash preferred) from the popular Bawarchi Biryanis of Framingham

Past Diwali Celebrations at WAM

Representatives of the India Society of Worcester celebrate Diwali at WAM in 2017 A group of Hindu girls and boys dance energetically in the Renaissance Court Three girls sit cross-legged, singing together A dance group stand together in brightly-colored blue and yellow traditional Hindu dress Two seated girls in traditional Hindu dress smile at each other while performing A group of four Indian women dance in orange sarees A view of the Renaissance Court with Indian women dancing in the foreground A girl makes Rangoli sand art while another looks on A man laughs as his young son stands excitedly while making Rangoli sand art Four hands placed together showing example henna designs