Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and New Year, is a time to celebrate good fortune, family and friendships. Celebrate with performances, and arts and crafts inspired by Diwali.
1:15 pm Bollywood and Bhangra Dance with Bollywood Axion
Enjoy the energetic Bollywood and Bhangra dance performances by Bollywood Axion of New York City and learn some fun moves from Bollywood Choreographer Pooja Narang yourself. Get into the spirit of Diwali by dancing.
2:15 pm Indian Music with Raga Kids!
Raga Kids introduces kids of all ages to Indian Classical Music through group sing-alongs and interactive songs featuring Indian folk songs, Ragas and original music featuring the Indian musical scale and the language of the tabla. Come check out Raga Kids and learn about what makes Raga music different, but also similar enough to hear some familiar songs too! Featuring guitar, tabla, bansuri and singing in multiple languages, Raga Kids is a great way for little ones get familiar with the musical instruments and sounds of Indian music.
3:15 pm Indian Folk Dance with Srijan Dance Center
Learn the stories and mythology behind Indian folk dances and Kathak dance. Wearing traditional costumes, these dancers will show the traditional harvest dances in the spirit of Diwali. Learn how hand gestures (mudras) and facial expressions can tell a story, and try it for yourself!
1pm-4 pm Ongoing Activities: arts and crafts inspired by Diwali - Rose Room: 8th Floor
-Make your own Diya! During Diwali, people light small clay lamps called Diyas to symbolize the light of knowledge and goodness. Learn how to make your own clay Diya to put by your window at night!
-Temporary Tattoos! Come and get elaborate henna tattoos on your hands, arms or even your feet.
-Rangoli Making! Rangolis are patterned floor decorations which are thought to bring luck. Try your hand at rangoli making using colored sand, beans and rice.
-Jewelry Making! Express yourself with jewelry making, and wear your creation.