SAN ANTONIO – The traditional lights and sounds of Diwali filled the air at Hemisfair on Saturday.
From Alamo Street to the Tower of Americas, beautiful twinkling lights from the 13th annual Diwali SA Festival illuminated the night.
Diyas representing wishes were released into the fountains. Diwali is akin to New Year’s Eve and represents the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. pic.twitter.com/bEBIjHEN1S— Leigh Waldman (@LeighWaldman) November 7, 2021
Diwali is akin to New Year’s Eve and it represents the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.
Candles representing wishes, called diyas, were also released into the fountains by revelers.
“I plan to release a diya, making a wish for peace and happiness and love to be shared among all of us here in San Antonio and beyond,” Pallavi Nemani, one of the Diwali festival organizers, said. “And it’s…that’s really what it is, a wish for peace and prosperity for all.”
This year’s festival is smaller than in years past, but organizers said they are happy to be celebrating in person after going virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guests enjoyed music, dances, traditional food, and got to partake in tattoos by henna artists.
Diwali is celebrated every year on the first Saturday of November.