Salt Lake City Public Library invites all to the 13th Annual City Library Diwali Celebration

SALT LAKE CITY—The City Library invites Salt Lake area residents of all ages to celebrate the Diwali, the “Festival of Lights” at the 13th Annual City Library Diwali Celebration, taking place at 2pm on November 16 at the Main Library.

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the oldest and most important festivals in India and falls on the new moon night of the Hindu month of Kartik, which typically falls in October or November.

During the celebration, lamps—called diyas—are lit to ward off the darkness and to symbolize the removal of spiritual darkness and the onset of happiness and prosperity. Additional forms of celebration vary in different parts of India, but typically include prayers, feasts, and the exchange of gifts.

This year’s celebration at The City Library will feature songs and dances associated with various festivals from several of India’s diverse regions. Attendees of this free event will have the opportunity to celebrate with community members and to share and learn about India, its people, festival, and traditions.

The City Library’s Diwali Celebration is sponsored in-part by the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah and the India Cultural Center. For more information about the Diwali celebration and other events, visit