Diwali in New York is back with a bang this year! New York Indians are gearing up to celebrate the festival of lights through a number of Diwali events from Times Square to Garden City, and from Ganesh Temple to BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir. Diwali is one of the few Indian festivals which are celebrated with great pomp and loads of enthusiasm. We at Indian Eagle Travel compiled some of the best New York Diwali 2019 events below. With most of the school districts in New York and New Jersey having declared Diwali a holiday, the Festival of Lights is a bigger celebration for Indians in Northeast USA this year.
New York Diwali 2019 at Times Square
Diwali at Times Square is the most spectacular of all Indian events in New York this month. With its popularity having increased since 2013, New York’s Times Square Diwali is a two-day fun-filled cultural and music extravaganza. Attendees of different age groups participate in lighting diyas (traditional clay lamps) and indulge in binge eating traditional Indian food. Other than a live concert, Mahatma Gandhi’ 150th birth anniversary is a major attraction of Times Square Diwali 2019.
- Date: October 11-12
- Venue: Times Square, 42-44th Street and Broadway, New York City
Children’s Diwali at BAPS Swaminarayan Temple Long Island
Hindu temples in New York are among the best destinations for NYC Diwali 2019 events. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir at Melville, Long Island organizes children’s Diwali celebration every year to make kids understand the significance of the festival and walk them through the traditional rituals. Children learn the art of making diyas and traditional decorations such as rangoli at BAPS temple in New York.
- Date: October 12
- Time: 10-4 pm
NYC Diwali 2019: Ganesh Temple Flushing, Queens
Among New York Indian events 2019, Diwali at Ganesh Temple Flushing is celebrated in collaboration with the Queens Museum. Home to a thriving canteen for traditional Indian food, Ganesh Temple in Queens has its Diwali celebration schedule chockablock with programs. A free hands-on art and painting workshop is organized for children of all ages. It is followed by live Nagaswaram performance, Garba and Dandiya. (Nagaswaram is a divine instrumental music)
- Date: October 26
- Time: 11:30 am – 2:30pm
NYC Diwali 2019: Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Culture Tree for a Puppet Show at Children’s Museum of Manhattan is one of the best New York Diwali events 2019 for Indian families with kids. The Puppet Show comes free with the museum entry fees. Diwali celebration at Children’s Museum of Manhattan is an opportunity for Indian-origin children to explore age-old folk tales and mythical legends of India. The Culture Tree is an educational and cultural program which is equally appealing to kids and adults. Do note that this free event is first come first served because of limited space.
- Date: October 27
- Time: 2 pm
NYC Diwali 2019: Hudson Terrace, Manhattan
Hudson Terrace at Manhattan is a most popular destination for Diwali events in New York City. With a galaxy of New York’s business honchos, celebs and influencers, Diwali on the Hudson 2019 is high on the ‘glamor’ quotient. Indian Street Food by Desi Galli – Lexington Avenue does complement the celebration to everyone’s content every year. The organizer is yet to announce a special performer this year. Proceeds from the ticket sale for Diwali on the Hudson 2019 will go to the Desai Foundation which works for women and children’s welfare in India and the US.
Date: October 25
Museum of the City of New York Diwali 2019
Among the few places for free Indian events in New York this Diwali 2019 is the Museum of the City of New York. Open to all, the museum invites New Yorkers, irrespective of religion and community, to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Visitors can make and decorate their own diyas for home. Diwali 2019 at the Museum of the City of New York will culminate in a traditional Indian feast. A special cultural program is on the agenda, too.
- Date: October 27
- Time: 11 am – 2 pm
New York Diwali 2019: Asia Society
If you’re wondering where to celebrate Diwali 2019 with kids in New York, then Asia Society is one of the few best places for Diwali events in New York City. Named ‘Family Day: Diwali Lights Up’, the Asia Society 2019 program is full of wonders for Indian kids in New York. Diwali at Asia Society on 725 Park Avenue in New York is a happening celebration for your kids to learn the tidbits of Diwali festival.
- Date: November 2
- Time: 1 PM – 5 PM
- Venue: 725 Park Avenue, NY 10021
New York Diwali 2019: Flushing Town Hall Queens
Supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Governor Andrew Cuomo, Flushing Town Hall, a non-profit organization, is all set to celebrate Diwali 2019 in New York on November 10. The 4th Annual Diwali Festival at Flushing Town Hall in Queens is speculated to be a grand celebration accompanied by cultural programs including Bhangra and Kathak. This New York Diwali 2019 event will feature Abha Roy, an eminent Kathak artist and DJ Rekha, the founder of Basement Bhangra. Since Flushing Town Hall Diwali Diwali in Queens is a family event, the programs also include cooking workshops, henna painting, dance lessons, rangoli workshop, jewelry making workshop and likes. Moreover, Indian handicrafts will be there for sale. Interestingly, teenagers in the 13 to 19 age group will be let in to attend any performance or program for free.
- Date: November 2
- Time: 1-4 PM
- Venue: 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
- Contact Number: 718-463-7700
AsaMai Hindu Temple & Community Center Diwali Mela
The Afghan Hindu Association is one of the cultural organizations in New York. It organizes a fair to celebrate Diwali at AsaMai Hindu Temple & Community Center in Hicksville every year. New York Diwali 2019 is their 15th annual celebration. The fair is one of the most spectacular Diwali 2019 events in New York.
- Date: October 15, Sunday
- Time: 12 noon to Sunset
- Venue: 80 East Barclay Street, Hicksville, NY 11801
- Host: Afghan Hindu Association
New York Diwali 2019: Pelham Art Center
Pelham Art Center is one of the few places where to celebrate Diwali 2019 in New York City. Unique to Pelham Art Center’s Folk Art event on Diwali, Indian classical dance performance is a must see. A noted choreographer, Sadhana Paranji will spellbind the guests with her Kuchipudi Margam performance. Henna body art and traditional hands-on art workshop are also on the event schedule. Notably, audience participation is allowed. Pelham Art Center provides a multicultural community setting to help the public explore, study, and experience cultural diversity through engagement in different forms of art. Admission is free.
- Date: October 6
- Time: 2 PM – 4 PM
- Venue: Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, NY 10803
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