For those who are celebrating Happy New Year! I did not make it out this year to the festival of lights. But wanted to share these photos from a few years back. Hopefully I will not miss it next year!
Keeping with my exploration of culture “in my own back yard” on November 13th I headed to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn to celebrate Diwali. I’ve known about Diwali for a while but have never taken the opportunity to learn more about it until now. I owe my interest in South Asia primarily to two people. While I was in Middle School at the Pike School my teacher Mrs. Lila Bhan introduced me to Indian food and other aspects of the culture. For High School, I moved onto Milton Academy. My roommate Saveena Dhall shared her love of Bollywood, and Indian food and music with me. I would sit in my room and listen to the music and watch the films, and while I didn’t know what they were saying the emotion and meaning of the moments often transcended language.
To say the Temple was impressive would be such…
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