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India Association of Yuma's Diwali Celebrations 2013

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The India Association of Yuma a local group that organizes community events for Asian Indian Americans in Yuma is hosting their annual Diwali celebrations on Sunday November 3rd, 2013 at the North End Community Center (160 E 1st St.) located near Main St. Cinemas. Members of the India Association of Yuma do not have to pay to attend the function but for guests and non-members there will be an admission fee of $20 per individiual with RSVP by this coming Monday October 28th. Individuals who come without an RSVP will be charged $40 at the gate. To RSVP please email Vinod Mohindra via vmohindra@usa.net or call Dipti Shah at 373-9740 or 319-331-4335.

There will be great food catered by an Indian restaurant and live entertainment. Puja an Asian Indian prayer will start at 6:15PM. Diwali is an Asian Indian an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia and Singapore. In Sanskrit it is spelled as दीपावली or Dīpāvalī and translates into "row of lamps". Diwali is a important holiday for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. For Hindus Diwali which commemorates the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshamana from 14 years of exile and the killing of demon king Ravana is one of their most important festivals.

Hindu families celebrate Diwali by performing traditional activities in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 B.C. For Sikhs, Diwali is celebrated as Bandhi Chhor Diwas (The Celebration of Freedom) to celebrate the release of their sixth guru from prison Guru Hargobind who also freed 52 Hindu kings held captive with him by a Mughal Emperor in 1619. So Diwali is a very important cultural and religious festival in Asia and for Indo Americans held each year in mid October or mid November.

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