AIA Diwali celebration in New York, October 2, features vegan fair, dance competition, fireworks

The Association of Indians in America flyer on Deepavali festival planned for Oct. 2, 2022. Photo:

The Association of Indians in America, New York Chapter, (, considered one of the oldest community organizations in the United States, will be holding its flagship Diwali event October 2, 2022, a date that coincides with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

The AIA’s 35th Deepavali celebrations at the scenic South Street Seaport site, will also play to the Government of India’s initiative – Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav – celebration throughout the year to mark India’s 75th anniversary of independence.

Traditionally, the signature event attracts thousands of people to the celebrations and the same is expected this year. Local and national-level politicians and administration officials make sure to be seen at the event, which concludes with an impressive fireworks display over the Hudson River.


The festival features numerous stalls in its bazaar, both from vendors and corporation, offering everything from jewelry and clothes to life insurance, travel options, and health care services.

The highlight of this year’s celebrations includes an Inter-Collegiate Dance Competition named ‘Naach Inferno’ as well as a Vegan Expo featuring vegan food, cooking demonstrations and information sessions, hosted by World Vegan Vision (



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