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The Indian Festival of Lights, is the most widely celebrated festival of the people from the Indian sub-continent and across the whole world. Deepavali means rows of lights, it is the festival symbolising victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Though there are many mythological explanations to this wonderful festival, in the current world what the festival of lights really stands for is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship, religious tolerance, spreading the word of peace and harmony and above all, celebration of “simple joys of life”.
The Temple of Fine Arts and the Centre for Stories invites you to celebrate the traditions of storytelling surrounding Deepavali. We will shine a spotlight on Ramayana-Deepavalli- Stories that translate to life experience. The format of the evening will begin with the traditional Indian vegetarian foods of the festival, followed by two stories with an intermission, followed by tea and sweets.
Sharing stories that bind a cultural-spiritual ethos, Ramayana is presented through traditional song, narration and gesture. A story-line that not only plucks from the artistic strains of Indian theatre but endorses deep rooted values of ethics and moral conduct from the ancient Vedic tradition.
How do these stories translate into our modern world? What do Indians around the world do on this day to celebrate and spread light and love? Come find out…
We would love all people to come, learn and celebrate the rich traditions of Deepavali with us. This is a free event, though we gladly accept donations to assist in the food preparations.