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2017 Diwali festivities set in South Florida (Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Coral Springs), Orlando/Casselberry, Tampa/Pinellas Park, Inverness, Bartow/Winter Haven/Lakeland, Gainesville, Fort Myers/Bonita Springs, Melbourne (Space Coast) and Jacksonville

October 8, 2017

Dear readers:

Here are the Florida communities holding Diwali 2017 celebrations:


Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay is hosting a Diwali Dinner with Bollywood entertainment and Annual Election on Saturday, Oct. 21, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. The event, which begins from 4 p.m., is free to GSTB members; non-members are $25 per person. Everyone is requested to report first to Jain Temple next door for registration, election vote and check-in. For information, call Ravi Patel at (727) 692-6399, Ajit Shah at (813) 373-9726 or visit

Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will hold Dhanteras Mahalaxmi Pujan at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Diwali Puja will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. New Year Annakut will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. For more information, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit

Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa, will hold Dhanteras Mahalaxmi Pujan at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Diwali Puja will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. New Year Annakut will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. For information, call (813) 444-9786.

Sanatan Mandir in Tampa will hold Dhan Teras/Laxmi Puja at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. Gujarati New Year Bhajan Sandhya will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20. The mandir is at 311 E. Palm Ave. For information, call (813) 221-4482 or visit

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir will hold Chopda Pujan and Diwali on Oct. 19. Annakut Darshan will be from noon till 7 p.m. (aarti every hour) on Oct. 20. BAPS is at 9556 E. Fowler Ave. in Thonotosassa. For details, call (813) 986-5473.

Rajasthani Association of Tampa Bay will hold its Diwali celebration on Oct. 21. For participation and other details, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

Hindu Temple of Florida in Tampa, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa will hold Lakshmi Pooja at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. Mahalakshmi abhishekam will be at 10 a.m. on Oct. 20. Deepavali cultural program will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the temple hall followed by fireworks and mahaprasad. For information, call (813) 962-6890.

Shree Raam Mandir, 7411 E. Comanche Ave., in Tampa, will hold its annual Diwali from 6 p.m. Oct. 14. The program includes songs, music, dance and drama. For information, call (813) 334-0443.

Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB), a not-for-profit organization for promoting Marathi culture, will celebrate Diwali from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at HCC Brandon, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa. The event is free for MMTB members and $20 for non-member adults and $10 for children above 10 years. For information, call Rajan Pednekar at (813) 546-1330, Aishwarya Pednekar at (813) 546-1331 or visit


FORT LAUDERDALE: The Indian Regional and Cultural Center will hold its Diwali festivities from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The program will include Bollywood, folk, classical music and dance, IRCC Children Show, and dance competitions. Other attractions are food, fashion, jewelry, arts and crafts, henna, yoga, kids’ zone and raffle prizes. For information, call Sanjay Gupta, CPA, at (954) 461-4003, Dr. Durgesh Thaker at (954) 554-8739, e-mail or visit

PALM BEACH: And the Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Diwali on Oct. 21. The venue is yet to be confirmed. For details, e-mail or visit

CORAL SPRINGS: Also, the 10th annual Divali Nagar will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Coral Springs Sportsplex, 2575 Sports Plex Drive, Coral Springs. Entrance is $5 adults, kids under 5 are free; parking is $5. For information, call (954) 846-9895 or visit


Hindu Society of Central Florida (1994 Lake Drive) in Casselberry will celebrate Diwali and Annakut on Oct. 21 with a cultural program from 4 p.m. followed by fireworks and mahaprasad. For information, call (407) 699-5277, e-mail, or visit

Indian Cultural Association of Orlando will hold its fourth annual Diwali Gala dinner from 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 7 at The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North, 2974 International Parkway, Lake Mary. Tickets are $30 per person. For information, call Raj Patel at (407) 335-0485 or visit

Orlando Marathi Mandal will be celebrating Diwali on Oct. 29 at the Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. For details, e-mail or visit

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1325 W. Oakridge Road, Orlando, will have Kids Diwali celebration from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 14. Diwali and Chopda pujan will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and Annakut the next day. For information, call (407) 857-0091.

Gujarati Society of Central Florida will celebrate a Diwali Jalsa Night from 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando. There will be social hour, dinner and entertainment. Early bird special for society members is $65 per person; non-members are $130 per person; for information, call (407) 374-3470 or visit

Association of Asian Cultural Festivals will present its 20th annual free Diwali Mela from 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola, 101 Rosalind Ave., Orlando. For more information, call Lallman Persaud at (407) 202-2161 or e-mail


Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Diwali at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294 or visit

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple (ISSO), 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, will hold Family Funday (free entry) on Oct. 8, Kali Chaudas (Hanumanji Poojan) from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 18, New Year’s Aartis Oct. 20 and Annakut from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21. For information, call (863) 687-4776 or visit


Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, will celebrate Deepavali on Oct. 19 and New Year’s Day the next day. For timings and other details, call (352) 860-2181.


India Association of Fort Myers will celebrate Diwali from 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 21 at Southwest Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. For information, visit


Indian Student Association at University of Florida will hold its Diwali show on Oct. 27 at Curtis M. Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville. Doors open at 6 and the “The Evolution of Bollywood” themed show begins at 6:30. For information, call Isha Kothari at (904) 716-0440 or email


The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Diwali and annual dinner from 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. For more information, call (321) 271-7072 or visit

Manav Mandir will hold Diwali celebration/Lakshmi Puja at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19, and Annakut the next day. The temple is at 7400 Waelti Drive, Melbourne. For information, (321) 426-0668, email or visit


Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate Diwali on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Morocco Shine Center Auditorium, 3800 Saint Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville. Doors open at 3:30 with entertainment from 5 followed by dinner and dancing. For tickets and other information, call (904) 307-8420 or visit

Also, Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville will hold its Diwali party from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Morocco Shine Center Auditorium, 3800 Saint Johns Bluff Road S. There will be food, dance and music. For tickets and more information, text (904) 329-5838 or visit