India Post News Service
AURORA: Diwali, the esteemed “Festival of Lights” is a time-honored celebration for millions of people of Indian origin around the world. The City of Aurora in Illinois has become home to a remarkable Diwali celebration drawing a few thousand visitors, thanks to the Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board (IACOAB).
This annual event organized at Waubonsie Valley High School was supported by Mayor Richard Irvin’s office of the City of Aurora and local volunteers. The IACOAB Board members commenced the festivities with a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony. Sunil Patel, the Chairman of the Board, credited the success to the support of his board members, volunteers, and the Mayor’s office and expressed his gratitude to Alderwoman Sweta Baid for helping the team with the amazing display of Rangoli, a traditional Indian art form made with sand.
Mayor Richard Irvin with his inspiring speech proclaimed Diwali, a festival of lights, as a day of tolerance, compassion, and the triumph of good over evil. The highlight of the event was the outstanding cultural program. While the majority of the audience was of Indian descent, the event welcomed people from all backgrounds who appreciated the vibrant Bollywood dances and delicious Indian food that was served.
The City of Aurora Diwali celebration is the participation of non-profit organizations such as Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA, ISKCON, Indian Nurses Education and Welfare Fund, and Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya which has helped to raise awareness of Indian culture and the community’s efforts to preserve their traditions and culture.
“This year, we saw great involvement from different vendors who offered unique merchandise not readily available in local shops, along with a wide array of delectable food options” Board members Nitin Fuldore and Ghosia Wajid.
Vice Chair Nadia Kanhai expressed her gratitude to the local participants, stating that the event would not have been a success without their presence. She also extended an invitation to sponsors and merchants to join the event again next year. Diwali celebration in Aurora looks even brighter, casting a warm and welcoming glow over all who attend.