Here are some photos from last night’s San Antonio Diwali Festival of Lightsin downtown Hemisfair park. This is rumored to be the largest complete Diwali celebration in the United States and was estimated to have 15,000 people in attendance yesterday. We were able to sit in the front row during the fabulous Parade of States because my husband’s company was one of the main sponsors of the evens. As a result, we were able to get some great shots (check out those reflections on the water!). We also were invited to have dinner at the top of the Tower of the Americas, and afterwards watch the fireworks show (which is always the finale of a complete Diwali event, according to our hosts). In addition to the Parade of States and the fireworks show the festival included numerous vendors selling Indian food, clothing, jewelry and other items. Enjoy!
Viewing fireworks from the top of the Tower of the Americas
- Releasing diya candles in the River
The first Diwali San Antonio: Festival of Lights was on Sunday evening in the Arneson River Theater in La Villita on the Riverwalk. I got there on time but that was much too late to find a seat or even a standing place in the crowded theater.
The program included several groups of Indian dancers performing on the stage to traditional and modern music. Mayor Castro and former Mayor Hardberger spoke about San Antonio’s sister city in India – Chennai. Red and white lighted Diya candles were then released on the River. The lights bobbed for quite a while in front of the stage trying to decide which way to float.
The festivities continued in Maverick Plaza with food and music. The event concluded with fireworks. The festival was sponsored by the India Association of San Antonio and the City of San Antonio.