Diwali, Festival of Lights, Downtown San Antonio
Following the aroma of curries and sounds of rhythmic drumming, Scarlet and I found ourselves at the Diwali festival in Hemisphere park. Wecame up upon the dance floor that was packed with kids who seemed to have transferred club energy to the park. Heavy DJ beats mixed popular Indian and American dance sounds which were accompanied by a very talented Indian drummer. There were food booths whose amazingly fragrant scents filled the air, and similarly amazing lines accompanied. Rows of tables were heavy with bangles, earrings, necklaces, and tunics for sale. At the base of the Hemisphere Tower, the fountain area held small floating votive candles that created an air of romance.
Still in its infancy for San Antonio at year 2, the Diwali festival at Hemisphere park packed ‘em in. The Downtown Blog highlights how San Antonio began their version of the celebrations
Diwali, festival of lights, is a India’s largest and most important celebration. Rich with traditions; it’s a time to glorify the triumph of good over evil. Of high importance amongst these cultural roots are the lighting of candles, and fireworks.
Oh my the fireworks were glorious! It was so great to watch them explode next to such a recognizable San Antonio landmark I really couldn’t decide which fireworks I liked best, so I had to post a few of my favorites. Even more can be seen on facebook.