Become immersed in the cultural traditions of one of the most celebrated holidays in the South Asian culture at the museum’s sixth annual Diwali: Festival of Lights. This festival of joy, splendor, and happiness is one of the most celebrated festivals in Hinduism and is also observed by Sikhs, Jains, and Newar Buddhists.
Each day will be kicked off with a thunderous Dhol dance by Zoraver Dhillon.
NEW this year! To honor the Sikh holiday, Bandi Chorr Divas, which coincides with Diwali, visitors can fashion their own colorful cloaks and cholas from paper, markers, and brightly colored fabrics.
Visitors will enjoy celebrating and learning about the Indian culture by:
molding Diya lamps
sampling traditional sweets like burfi and other delicious treats
making henna tattoos
creating rangoli designs
and being captivated by classical and contemporary dance.
Guests will be inspired watching a Rangoli design and then expressing their own creativity with hands-on art activities.
The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. It’s an opportunity to pause and be grateful, make special memories with family and friends, and share traditions celebrated by so many.
WHEN: Activities begin at 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday
Saturday, October 20; Museum opens at 10 a.m.
Sunday, October 21; Museum opens at 12 noon.
WHERE: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose
WHY: The museum is committed to promoting the region’s diversity through the Cultural Celebration series so that families of all backgrounds can explore the many cultures and traditions in Silicon Valley. The Diwali Festival joins other museum celebrations including the Lantern Festival, Dia de los Muertos, Menorahs & Miracles, Children of the Dragon, El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos, Lunar New Year, Proud of My Family, and Family Lunadas.
Cost of admission: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free. Festivities are included in the price of admission.
The Diwali Festival is created in partnership with an advisory board comprised of
members of the South Asian community.
About Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
With over 150 interactive exhibits and programs, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is one of the largest museums of its kind in the nation. Since opening its doors in 1990, the museum has welcomed over 8.6 million visitors and has offered new exhibits each year that respond to children's diverse educational needs. The striking 52,000 square foot purple building was designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta and is a beacon of discovery. Encompassing the broad themes of community, connections and creativity, hands-on exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations. For more information about the Museum, visit www.cdm.org.