On Saturday, November 6, the city will celebrate Indian culture at the 13th annual Diwali SA Festival of Lights from 6 to 10 p.m. After occurring remotely in 2020 due to COVID-19, the event will return to in-person festivities this year at Hemisfair.
Diwali, an Indian holiday that coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates the triumph of good over evil, when Rama defeated the evil spirit Ravana. Since 2009, the City of San Antonio alongside Anuja SA has been honoring the cultural tradition with a big and bright festival. It is now acknowledged as the largest city-sanctioned Diwali celebration in the United States. The San Antonio festival also seeks to foster the Sister City relationship between Chennai, India.