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Indian Americans for Burlington Holding Diwali Celebration on Town Common in September

Burlington Town Common will be flooded with bright colors, traditional dances and artwork, delicious food and other features of Indian traditions this September.

On Monday evening the Select Board approved the use of the Common for Indian Americans for Burlington’s annual Diwali celebration. This year the event is being held on Sunday, September 25 from 3 to 7 p.m.

The theme of this year’s Festival of Lights celebration is “Equal consideration towards all human beings,” club President Shital Bhammar told the board

“We feel like this will be a good platform to welcome everyone,” she said. “You don’t have to be an Indian to come and participate or enjoy the event.”

Diwali is the most popular festival in India and it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Members of the Board of Selectmen said they were happy to grant the group permission to use the common and voted unanimously to do so. In the past members have often attended, and danced at, the celebration and they expressed their fondness for the event.

“I can’t wait, I really enjoy the festival,” member Joe Morandi said.

“It’s one of my favorite events on the Common,” member Mike Espejo added.

“It’s an unbelievable event and a great day,” member Jim Tigges said. “It’s just hours of fun.”