Pasadena’s Indian Community Prepares to Celebrate the Festival of Lights, Diwali – Pasadena Now


One of the most popular and important festivals in Hinduism, Diwali, which symbolizes the “spiritual victory of light over darkness”, falls on Monday, October 24 this year.

While clay lamps and firecrackers are common sights during Diwali, the Hindu festival is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the world.

For the Indian community in Pasadena, Diwali is a time when family and friends come together to pray to the gods, Lakshmi and Ganesha, said Jagdish Rajgor, a priest at the Pasadena Hindu Temple.

According to Rajgor, Diwali will be celebrated for three days in Pasadena from October 22-24. During these days, anyone can come to the Pasadena Hindu Temple, located at 676 South Rosemead Boulevard, for free.

Dhanteras, the first day that marks the festival of Diwali, will be observed on October 22 and Kali Chaudas and Hanuman Puja will be observed on October 23.

On the main day of Diwali on October 24, an even bigger celebratory ritual honoring the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi will be performed from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

During the festival, people hang lights outside and inside their homes. People attending the celebration wear traditional Indian clothing, according to Rajgor.

Rajgor said traditional sweets will be served during the celebration and sharing sweets is a common practice.

While some countries celebrate Diwali with fireworks, Rajgor said there will be no fireworks for the celebration in Pasadena as it is not allowed in the city.

While Pasadena will celebrate it for three days, other cities and countries will celebrate it for more than five days.

Traditionally, on the first day, people clean their houses and buy gold or cooking utensils for good fortune. On the second day, people decorate their houses with clay lamps and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand.

On the third day, the main day of the festival, families gather for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi, followed by appetizing feasts. The evening is filled with fireworks and festivities.

The fourth day is considered the first day of the new year, when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season. During the fifth day, the brothers visit their married sisters, who welcome them with a sumptuous multi-course meal.

“The Pasadena Hindu Temple was established in 2002 by 10 worshipers living in Southern California. The temple has become a hub of Indian heritage and a Hindu place of worship. It is now known as HTHF (Hindu Temple and Heritage Foundation), a non-profit organization. The temple holds weekly classes to preserve and promote Indian traditions and Hindu culture among young children,” according to the temple.

For more information on the Pasadena Hindu Temple and its upcoming activities, visit: https://www.thepasadenahindutemple.org

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