Who we are
Welcome to the world of celebration, inspiration, and joy - Welcome to the Diwalifest! 2021 was the year when schools of Acton, Boxborough and Littleton recognized Diwali, festival of lights. This was a huge step towards inclusion.
This was the culmination of a four year journey led by our mentor - Ms. Deepika Prakash who first appealed to the school committee to give the day off for Diwali in 2017.
Since the schools were closed for Diwali, we needed something more! A celebration where we could embrace our heritage and invite everyone to celebrate with us. Every festival has two things in common - people and food. Diwalifest is for everyone! We, the organizers, believe in the power of inclusivity, creativity, and, most importantly, fun! Throughout the process of setting up the Diwalifest, we aimed to include a multitude of Diwali-related aspects, such as upbeat music, delicious foods, traditional dances, rangoli (floor art) and more. Our vision was to foster an inclusive environment, where people of all different cultures can come and celebrate this vibrant festival. We also encourage the youth, such as ourselves, to volunteer and help manage the event. No festival is complete without the people who attend. Diwalifest is, and will always be FREE to attend. We hope to see you there!
What Diwalifest Means to Us
"Just because it hasn't been done before doesn't mean that it can't be done."
I am passionate about community, inclusivity and youth mentorship. I live in Acton with my husband, Gagan and daughter - Dia who is a rising 7th Grader at R.J. Grey. 15 years ago my neighbor invited us for Passover Sedar. We sat around their table read the haggada and ate symbolic foods. It was my first-time eating Matza! Years later, the memory of that act of kindness is still fresh in my mind as if it was just yesterday. There are two things I strongly believe in.
1. We are a stronger community if we join in each other’s celebration, regardless of our cultural and religious background.
2. If we truly believe in bringing about a positive change, we must empower and encourage youth leadership. And it is these two values which have been the vision behind Diwalifest.
At Diwalifest we encourage youth involvement and invite anyone and everyone to be a part of this celebration. We work tirelessly to find small businesses which will make this festival come alive, thus supporting local business while learning about new and fun things. Come, shop, eat, dance and be a part of this beautiful celebration!