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Diwali “Festival of Lights” in Jackson Heights, Queens

Just as autumn arrives Diwali, the “Festival the Lights” begins. Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu year. The 5 day lasting celebration starts on October 26th until the coming Sunday.

Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil and the uplifting of spiritual darkness. It celebrates the defeat of Lord Rama over demon-king Rayana as well as Lord Rama’s return from a 14-year-long exile.

Last weekend in Jackson Heights Queens, the Indian community enjoyed a street festival organized by the Merchant Association which included, music, traditional foods, fashion, jewelery and fine arts.

See more Photo’s from the Diwali Festival on Flickr.