NEW YORK (CIRCA) - Diwali is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights.
On the eve of the Hindu festival, the city of Ayodhya broke a Guinness World Record by lighting more than 300,000 clay oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu River.
The five-day festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.
In New York City, the Museum of the City of New York will host a Diwali celebration for families to attend and decorate a tea light candle to use as a diya. The Buttermilk Company will offer traditional Indian treats and the City University of New York's premier Bollywood fusion dance team will perform.
The event is free with admission to the museum.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave. & 103rd St.
New York, NY 10029