Diwali: Festival of Lights 

Boise Hare Krishna Cultural Center

In India and bastions of Indian culture the world over, the festival known as Diwali brings together people of all faiths—Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs—to celebrate "the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil" as Forbes magazine succinctly put it. At the Boise Hare Krishna Cultural Center, the celebration of Diwali starts on Thursday, Nov. 8, when participants gather at the temple to sing "Ram Dhun" and "Aarti," and share sweet rice and fruit prasad (Indian fruit salad). But the public celebration, the Festival of Lights, will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, filling the temple with dancing candle flames that participants can light for peace. This year's festival will also include a cultural program, traditional dance and music performances, and a free vegetarian meal.

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