EDISON,NJ - The Diwali Mela at the New Jersey Expo Center at the Raritan Center will take place on Nov. 7-8.

Aum Events will host the eighth annual event, with free parking and free entry.

Diwali "festival of lights" is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated every year. Diwali is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, victory of good over evil. 

Sign Up for E-News

Diwali marks a major shopping period and is the equivalent of Christmas in the West. It is traditionally a time when people purchase new clothing, home refurbishments, gifts, gold and other large purchases. The festival celebrates Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and investment, spending and purchases are considered auspicious. Diwali is a peak buying season for gold and jewelry in India.It is also a major sweets, candy and fireworks buying season. 

Diwali Mela NJ will have professional entertainment throughout the day for people of all ages, cultural shows, Bollywood dances, a fashion show, beauty pageant, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Leela, Karaoke Singing, standup comedy, arts and crafts for kids and a display of Diwali festivities. 

“We strive to bring the flavor of Diwali festivals and create an ambience of cultural festivities. The idea is to provide an opportunity for the first generation of Asian-Indians to remember the original concept of Diwali and bring together the younger generation to celebrate this beautiful festival and showcase our rich Indian heritage,” said Jayesh Mehta, the event organizer.

Aum Events has organized various entertainment events including Gujarati/Hindi, Bollywood Celebrity shows, musical concerts, pageants, and others. The Diwali Mela began in 2008 and continues to be a major event in New Jersey.

For further information, call (732) 763-0118 or visit the website at www.DiwaliMelaNJ.com.