Indian Festival comes to Kailua
The power of light over darkness was celebrated Sunday night in Kailua at the Diwali Festival. The 5-day holiday is the oldest in India, usually observed on the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar. with food, family gatherings, music, and the placement of candles.
"We usually light candles, lots of candles around the house," says Jiva Segaran of India Cafe. "It is a celebration of good over evil."
Dancer Willow Chang Alleon got into the spirit by lighting a tray of votive candles for her Indian Dance around the restaurant and parking lot.
Visitors lined up for the Diwali buffet of traditional Southern Indian delicacies. "In any culture, you celebrate food, lots of food," says Segaran. "This festival has a lot of sweets, lots of feasting."
Diwali acknowledges Rama-chandra, the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu, who fought a battle against the demon king. His victory is symbolized by the lighting of lanterns and candles. Spiritually it represents being aware of one's inner light.