Diwali
1 - 3 Nov 2018
About Diwali

Diwali is a five-day festival of lights that follows the lunar calendar.  It is a cultural celebration symbolizing the victory of good over evil. Diwali is one of India’s most celebrated holidays and is recognized by different faiths, including Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs and many others. Diwali is celebrated by gathering with family, lighting clay lamps, creating floral décor, lighting bonfires, sharing sweets and the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity.

The name ‘Diwali’ is derived from a line (avali) of clay lamps (deepa).  The clay lamps symbolize light protecting homes from spiritual darkness.  People light these clay lamps outside their homes as a sign of knowledge, hope and opening the mind to accepting diversity.  Some believe Goddess Lakshmi continues to wander the earth, looking for homes where she feels welcome.

Celebrate the cultural heritage of our community by enjoying Diwali, The Festival of Lights at The Bellevue Collection. Diwali decor & art will be on display from November 1-11, 2018.  Take part in all the cultural activities beginning on November 1-2, 2018 at Lincoln Square South Food Hall and Diwali celebration on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11 am – 7 pm at Bellevue Square. Check for performance and activity schedules below!

Proudly partnering with Seattle Maharashtra Mandal.

Lincoln Square South Activity Schedule

Rangoli Art
Nov. 1-2
Lincoln Square South Food Hall
See Rangoli artwork on display, created by Seattle Maharashtra Mandal community artists. Rangolis feature materials such as colored sand, rice, flowers, grains or dry flour to make beautiful designs and patterns.

Henna Artists
Nov. 2 | 11 am – 2 pm
Lincoln Square South Food Hall
Have a SARAHENNA Organic Body Art artist apply complimentary henna designs for you to enjoy for weeks after our Diwali celebration is over!

Bellevue Square Performance Schedule

Nov. 3 | 11 am – 7 pm

Bellevue Square Center Court Stage 

Bellevue Square Activity Schedule

Nov. 3 | 11 am – 7 pm

 

Floral Rangoli Art 
Bellevue Square Center Court
Watch Seattle Maharashtra Mandal community artists construct rangolis made of flowers and petals on display in Bellevue Square.

Create Your Own Rangoli 
Second Level Courtyard (between J. Jill and J. Crew)
Use colored sand to make your own rangoli patterns. Snap a photo and share using #TBCDiwali

Henna Artists
Bellevue Square Center Court | First Level by Gap
Second Level by Aveda Experience Center | Second Level by Market Optical 

Have a SARAHENNA Organic Body Art artist apply complimentary henna designs for you to enjoy for weeks after our Diwali celebration is over!

Rangoli Coloring with Microsoft Fresh Paint 
First Level, outside the Microsoft Store
Paint and print your own Rangoli art to take home using Microsoft Fresh Paint.

Rangoli Art
First Level by Gap | First Level by Nordstrom  
See Rangoli artwork on display, created by Seattle Maharashtra Mandal community artists. Rangolis feature materials such as colored sand, rice, flowers, grains or dry flour to make beautiful designs and patterns.

MōkSHA Indian Cuisine Sweet Samples
Bellevue Square Center Court
Experience the flavors of Diwali with complimentary sweet samples from MōkSHA Indian Cuisine, while supplies last!