This Sunday, November 15, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., join us for Diwali, the Indian "festival of lights!" Diwali is a chance to celebrate the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. During the festival, you can learn the steps to classical Indian dances, listen to stories from India in Nolen Library, make lanterns, and more. Families can also see the story of Diwali come to life in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.
Want to learn more before the event? In the Museum's galleries, or online through #MetKids, you can find out more about the Hindu deities, or gods and goddesses, that are celebrated during Diwali, like Lakshmi, goddess of fortune, or #MetKids favorite Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who can remove obstacles!
Diwali also celebrates the Ramayana, the epic story of how Lord Rama triumphs over the evil demon Ravana. In the story, Lord Rama and his wife, Sita, have been exiled from their kingdom and banished to the forest by Rama's father.
One day in the forest, the evil demon Ravana sneakily kidnaps Sita. Once Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana realize what has happened, they go looking for her.
Along the way, our heroes meet Hanuman, the monkey god. Hanuman is no ordinary monkey—he's strong, and can fly and even shape-shift! Together, they are able to defeat the evil Ravana. When Lord Rama and his family return home, they are welcomed with flowers and lamps that light up the city.
Want to get a head start on the festivities? The Ramayana, the epic story of Diwali, has inspired artists for centuries. Check out other objects in our collection that feature scenes and characters from the story. Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments. We hope to see you on Sunday!
Sunday, November 15, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission; admission is free for children under 12 with an adult