When I lived in Singapore I got really into Diwali (aka Deepavali), a gloriously colorful festival of lights that puts the Fourth of July’s fireworks and Christmas decorations to shame. It falls around the end of October/ beginning of November, marking the new year for many Hindus, and is nothing but a good time. People open their windows and light candles to welcome Laksmi, goddess of wealth. You wear new clothes, exchange gifts, set the skies ablaze with fireworks and strands of light. You eat. And eat. You celebrate the triumph of good over evil. It’s a happy occasion.
Seattle Art Museum plans to celebrate Diwali on October 23 in late-night Remix style: from 8pm till 1am, you can…
…dance to Bollywood tunes spun by DJ Aanshul and live Indian music by Das Dhoom.
…learn a few moves from the Rhythms of India dancers.
…enjoy dishes by Saffron Grill, washed down by wine, beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks.
…cover yourself in henna.
…tour the Picasso exhibit (equally colorful).
Tickets are $85 and include museum admission, food, and non-alcoholic bevs (cash bar available).