Diwali, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” is a five-day holiday celebrated in India by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. As one of India’s most important holidays of the year, Diwali celebrates the triumph of ‘good over evil’ during the darkest night of the lunar month. This year, the celebration begins on October 22-26 with prayers, food, decor and more! We’ve got you covered with the best restaurants, bazaars and festivals to celebrate Diwali in Houston.
ISKON TEMPLE OF HOUSTON’S DIWALI FESTIVAL
Iskon of Houston invites locals to their Diwali Festival and Mountains of Food Festival on Monday October 24th and Tuesday, October 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Observe the Diwali ceremony in the temple with hundreds of candles illuminating the night. This event will feature Kirtan Class, Candle-light Aarti at 7:30 pm, and Prasadam Feast. Prasadam will be distributed on October 25th for the Govardhan Puja and Annakut Ceremony.
MAHESH’S KITCHEN’S DIWALI DANDIYA
October 22, 2022 celebrate Diwali Dandiya with Mahesh’s Kitchen at Sugar Land Town Center Plaza from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm! This elevated Indian restaurant combines authentic Indian flavors with modern spin to bring you lots of food, fun and festivities. If you’re a vendor, vendor booth stalls are available for rent. For sponsorship, please call 832-405-6395.
WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM’S THE DIWALI GIFT READING
The Special Diwali Reading of “The Diwali Gift” at the Woodlands Children’s Museum will be held on October 27 at 11:00 am. Children and adults alike will enjoy a great time listening to the reading of “The Diwali Gift” by Shweta Chopra & Shuchi Mehta. The story is about three curious monkeys and the Indian culture including the traditions of the Diwali holiday. This event is included in the museum price of admission.
HOUSTON DIWALI MELA 2022 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
One of the largest Diwali events, Houston Diwali Mela 2022 Festival of Lights will occur on November 5th from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Fountains on the Lake in Stafford. This outdoor street festival will include food, fashion, jewelry and décor booths. Also featured at the festival are Apsaras (Heavenly Nymphs) greeting with Tilak, Rangoli (Indian Art), Mehendi (Henna Tattoos), Face Painting, Photo Booths, Parade of Rikshaws, and Maha Arti (candlelit mass prayers). It isn’t a celebration without music! Enjoy a live concert by Bollywood Sensation SHAAN with a soul illuminating fireworks finale!
BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a beautiful Hindu temple in Stafford, Texas. It will host various Diwali celebrations starting October 22nd with a Festival of Inspiration - Maha Arti & Fireworks at 7:45 p.m. Diwali Samaiyo will be on Sunday, October 23rd at 4:00 p.m., Hanuman Pujan is at 11:40 a.m. and Sandhya Arti is at 7:00 p.m. On Monday, October 24th Diwali and Chopda Pujan will be celebrated with great devotion and splendor. Celebrate the beginning of the Hindu New Year with Annakut Darshan on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. The temple cordially invites you for darshan of the Annakut with family and friends!