Doylestown hosts its first annual Diwali Day

Larissa Hopwood and Aparna Nair, from Doylestown, dancing. The first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)

Hosted by Desis of Doylestown and Youth4Unity, community members came out for Doylestown’s first annual Diwali Day at Burpee Park on Sunday afternoon. Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. Local dancers performed, and there was a Diya lighting ceremony featuring Silvi Haldipur, from Desis of Doylestown, Paree Pasi, from Youth4Unity, Doylestown Mayor-elect Noni West, and state Sen. Steven Santarsiero. Ron Strouse, the borough’s current mayor, unveiled a proclamation making Nov. 7 Diwali Day.

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Saanvi Potnis (left) and Arya Haridas (right) dance at the annual Diwali festival
Saanvi Potnis (left) and Arya Haridas (right) dance at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Lela Casey lights a sparkler, surrounded by others, at a festival
Lela Casey (center), from Doylestown, lighting a sparkler along with others at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Mayor Ron Strouse with Silvi Haldipur
Mayor Ron Strouse with Silvi Haldipur at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Food provided by Cross Culture at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Food provided by Cross Culture at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Suri Yeghen, of Buckingham, getting a henna tattoo from Bina Bengali, of Fountainville at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Suri Yeghen, of Buckingham, getting a henna tattoo from Bina Bengali, of Fountainville at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Henna tattoos at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Henna tattoos at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Jay Pasi, of Furlong, (center) teaching other kids how to play Carrom at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Jay Pasi, of Furlong, (center) teaching other kids how to play Carrom at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Sarah Beltz taking a photo of John Paul and Eli Johnson, of Doylestown at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Sarah Beltz taking a photo of John Paul and Eli Johnson, of Doylestown at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Mayor Ron Strouse at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Mayor Ron Strouse at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Saanvi Potnis (left) and Arya Haridas (right), of Doylestown, dancing at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Saanvi Potnis (left) and Arya Haridas (right), of Doylestown, dancing at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Saanvi Potnis (left) and Arya Haridas (right), of Doylestown, dancing at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Saanvi Potnis (left) and Arya Haridas (right), of Doylestown, dancing at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Saanvi Potnis (left) and Arya Haridas (right), of Doylestown, dancing at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Saanvi Potnis (left) and Arya Haridas (right), of Doylestown, dancing at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Paree Pasi at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Paree Pasi at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
A closeup of a sari
A closeup of a sari at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
A closeup of a sari
A closeup of a sari at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Geetha Gaj dances at a Diwali festival
Geetha Gaj (center), of Bengal, India, dancing at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick attends the first annual Diwali festival
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick attends the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Silvi Haldipur at the first annual Diwali festival
Silvi Haldipur at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Dr. Umar Farooq at the first annual Diwali festival
Dr. Umar Farooq at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Mayor-Elect Noni West at the first annual Diwali festival
Mayor-Elect Noni West at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Sen. Steven Santarsiero at the first annual Diwali festival
Sen. Steven Santarsiero at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Left to right: Silvi Haldipur, from Desis of Doylestown; Paree Pasi, from Youth4Unity; Mayor-elect Noni West; and Sen. Steven Santarsiero lighting the Diya at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Left to right: Silvi Haldipur, from Desis of Doylestown; Paree Pasi, from Youth4Unity; Mayor-elect Noni West; and Sen. Steven Santarsiero lighting the Diya at the first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
Lighting the Diya. 
The first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown, PA on 11/7/21.
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Lighting the Diya. The first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown, PA on 11/7/21. [DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]
The first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)
The first annual Diwali festival in Doylestown on Nov. 7, 2021. (Daniella Heminghaus for WHYY)

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