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The Eleventh Annual Diwali-Festival of Lights will be held at Memorial Park in Cupertino on Saturday,October12, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. El CaminoHospital and the South Asian Heart Center are proud to present this year’s Diwali Festival. They look forward to providing fun and engaging ways to learn about heart health and lifestyle changes that can help reduce the incidence of diabetes and heart disease in South Asian families.  Festival attendees will enjoy healthy food demonstrations and free recipes. Children and parents will have a chance to walk through a 13′ high inflated heart model to learn about the mechanics of the heart, and participate in other heart-healthy activities with chances to win wonderful prizes.

Organized by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and its Asian American Business Council (AABC), festivities will include a wonderful feast of food, business and craft booths, music and dance including a traditional Rangoli display.  Admission to the festival grounds is free with plenty of free parking available at De Anza College.

Diwali – Festival of Lights marks the beginning of the new business year in India and it is a festival of joy, splendor, brightness, happiness and prosperity.  Celebrated throughout the world, typical Diwali traditions include exchanging gifts, new clothes, meeting new and old friends, offering traditional sweets and wishing each other prosperous new year.

Visitors to the festival will be treated to a festive atmosphere of sari festooned trees, spectacular lanterns, and a cultural kaleidoscope of activities and performances. Beginning at 10:00am with the popular “Kids Zone” art show and grand opening ceremony at 12:30am featuring Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney and elected leaders in native Indian clothing, the festival appeals to all sensesIndian food, music and dancing, featuring classical “Kathak”and “Bharatanatyam”  to folk “Koli”, to popular “Bollywood” dances.

The elaborate and exciting Kids Zone will be packed throughout the day with children visiting the magic show, petting zoo, pony rides, Jumpabouts, wood workshop, face painting and coloring contests.

Mahesh Nihalani, Event Chair states, “The Diwali Festival of Lights is an excellent opportunity to bring the business community together to celebrate a holiday that is very significant for our Indo American Community”. The mission of the AABC is to promote, strengthen and enhance the inter-ethnic business environment in the Cupertino Chamber and the Diwali Festival has proven to be an excellent way to bridge our business community with the residents of Cupertino.

For more information about the festival or membership in the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and the Asian American Business Council, please contact the Chamber in Cupertino at 408-252-7054 or visit the Chamber’s website

Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...