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Diwali festival to be celebrated at LI Children’s Museum

Members from the Srijan Dance Center will perform

Members from the Srijan Dance Center will perform and teach classical and folk dances representing different regions of India. Photo Credit: Srijan Dance Center

The Long Island Children’s Museum invites families to celebrate Diwali, India’s “Festival of Lights,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The five-hour event will include the sights, sounds and tastes of the most important holiday in Hinduism. Diwali is a harvest holiday that includes family gatherings, decorating the home, expressing gratitude, lighting lamps and exchanging gifts.

Some of the activities include:

  • Indian dancer Abha Roy will lead troupe members from the Srijan Dance Center as they perform and teach classical and folk dances representing different regions of India.
  • Clothing from different parts of India (including Rajasthan, Bengal, Kashmir, Punjab and Tamil Nadu) will be on display. Others will be available for children to try on.
  • Children can create torans, the traditional household decoration used as a symbol of welcome, and design rangoli, the colorful designs created with rice flour.
  • Visitors can sample the sweet and savory foods of the Diwali festival.
  • The last day of the five-day Diwali holiday is focused on the bond between brothers and sisters. Children will make a bracelet to present to a sibling or friend.
  • Families will receive a diya to take home. Diyas are clay lamps used to decorate the home and symbolize light overcoming darkness.

The museum is at 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. Diwali activities are free with museum admission of $13 for adults and children older than 1, and $12 for seniors. Babies are admitted free.

For more information, call 516-224-5800 or visit licm.org

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