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A Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil Hindu devotee holds a tray of lamps as she attends a religious event to mark Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at a temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Nov. 2, 2013. Hindus light up their homes and pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, during Diwali festival. The season of Diwali will be celebrated in North Alabama on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, with an event hosted by the Huntsville India Association at James Clemens High School in Madison, Ala. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
The tiny, traditional clay pots filled with ghee offer the warm glow of Diwali, the most widely celebrated Indian holiday. The Huntsville India Association is hosting the 2013 community celebration Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Clemens High School in Madison, Ala. (Eric Schultz | eschultz@al.com)

The most joyous celebration of the Hindu religious and cultural year, Diwali, will be marked in North Alabama on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, with an explosive evening of dance and delicacies.

The 4 Ds of Diwali will be held at James Clemens High School on County Line Road in Madison, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. The festival, organized by the , will include a dance exhibition, tastes of traditional Indian treats, traditional Indian arts, crafts and gold jewelry to buy, and fireworks to enjoy.

A highlight of the evening will be the Bollywood Dance Evolution.

Bollywood Dance Evolution will have samples of some of the iconic Bollywood performances over the years from 1950 to the present, said Anupreet Singh, president of the It s all by volunteers, but this is the biggest festival of the Indian community, so everyone is going to be doing their best.

Candles and fireworks have become part of the celebrations of Diwali, which is celebrated across India. The lights symbolize the light of wisdom and truth in the world, the defeat of the forces of darkness, and also the internal light of wisdom and divinity each person is to nurture within. The celebration, which began with this lunar month, also is a time when families light the way to their homes to invite the Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, to visit them. It is considered an auspicious time to begin new businesses and other ventures.

Tickets are for adults and for children in advance, and and at the door. Children younger than 4 are admitted free. Advance tickets are available Suraj Imports on US 72, Spice Market on Madison Blvd., Sitar on Jordan Lane in Huntsville, Saffron on County Line Road in Madison, India Cafe on Airport Road in Huntsville, and India Palace on US 72 in Madison.

More information and recent updates about the event are posted on Facebook at , and at .

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