Diwali Party Miami

Diwali Party Miami

In September in Miami we need to mix things up, with new excitement and FUN so how about a Diwali Party in Miami? And for sure, different and entertaining is the Miami celebration on September 30. This event commemorates major Indian holidays beginning with Navratri and ending with Diwali, the Indian equivalent of Christmas. Billed as the night of Music, Masti and Masala, it features Indian entertainment, festive traditional Indian food, shopping, dancing, and more. And no big price tag here.  Plus, want to learn how to dance Bollywood style before the event? Read on until the end for how.

A DJ will MC and play a variety of danceable Indian music. Don’t know how to do the Dandiya raas, garba or Bollywood dance steps? Instructors will be on hand to help. Build up your energy with Indian specialties from Bombay Darbar, Bombay Corner and First Spoon and wash them down with the traditional lassi, a non-alcoholic mango drink, specialty Indian cocktails or your favorite refreshment.

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Several popup shops will have the latest Indian apparel and other items so you can pickup your outfit for next year (this is an annual event in Miami). If you really want to do it right, have the henna artist from Aesthetic Henna do her thing on your hands.

The Diwali party Miami event is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 for children, $40 for adults, and $50 for adults when buying at the door.

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It’s being held at Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Chapman Conference cednter, Bldg. 3, Room 3210. Miami, FL 33132

The event is sponsored by MAIACA,  the Miami Association of Indian Americans for Culture and Arts.  Visit maiaca.org for more information on the organization and to stay updated on future events

For tickets for this Diwali party Miami go to Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maiaca-presents-music-masti-masala-tickets-404203612887

Want to learn how to do Bollywood dancing before the event? Here’s a place in Midtown that’s offering classes for kids and adults. Called Ikigaiusa it offers a wide choice including a series beginning September 16, in addition to private and zoom classes. For more information, click here. Ikigaiusa,  1657 North Miami Avenue, Miami 33136.

 Diwali  or Dipawali, is India‘s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that’s also enjoyed by non-Hindu communities.

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Navratri is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar. It’s celebrated all over the world, typically falling between September and October during the month of Ashvin, and lasts for nine days. Nav means nine and Ratri means nights.  People come together during Navratri to celebrate Durga, the mother goddess who carries lots of weapons in her arms. Durga is best known for killing an evil demon in a battle which lasted nine days and nights and that is why the festival lasts for nine days and nights as well! Each day is represented by a different colour which symbolises one of her distinct characteristics or traits. Many Hindus wear a different coloured traditional outfit each day to reflect this. The festival ends with what’s known as Dussehra, which is the celebration of good over evil. During Navratri some families choose to fast, only having milk, water, fruit and nuts during the day, followed by a full meal after sunset. Some people only have water and a simple meal at night.The celebrations also involve lots of dancing! There are two main types of dances to celebrate Navratri. The first is Garba, a traditional dance where you clap your hands whilst going around in a circle. The music is exciting and it gets louder and louder with lots of drumming. The other dance is called Raas. Worshippers use what are known as dandiya sticks which are usually wooden, decorated with ribbon. The sticks are hit together to the rhythm of the music.

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