The Ridgefield Indian American community rings in the festive season early every year with Diwali celebrations; this year the festival was celebrated on Nov. 2 at Jesse Lee Memorial Church in town. Diwali also marks the first day of the New Year for some families. Although Diwali is an Indian holiday, it symbolizes universal themes of the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. For the Indian American community, it is about celebrating where we come from. About 45 families, including 70 children of all ages, came together for a very colorful evening.
The celebrations included a large spread of foods such as samosa chaat, naan, gobi manchurian and gulab jamun. Adults and kids presented a kaleidoscope of dances and a skit showcasing the cultural diversity in different parts of India. Authentic and colorful attires shone a spotlight on all the performers and their performances.