Diwali Mela at Cotton Bowl Stadium
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Bollywood stars, South Asian food and a dazzling laser lights show and fireworks finale highlight this 13th annual celebration of the Hindu festival of lights at the Cotton Bowl. But the heart of the programming is the Ramlila, a theatrical performance depicting Diwali’s origins and spiritual meaning. Here it’s presented with a modern twist, as this year’s rendition features Star Wars characters. Other fun includes traditional music and dance on a community stage, raffles and door prizes, a festival marketplace and children’s activities, such as pony rides. Good to know: Though the mela (that’s Sanskrit for “gathering” or “fair”) does focus on a major religious holiday, one needn’t be Hindu or of South Asian descent to attend, just enthusiastic to let your inner light shine.
General admission tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. Advance tickets will be available starting Oct. 1 at India Bazaar, Patel Brothers stores and online.