Indian Festival this Sunday in Downtown Phoenix
at Heritage & Science Park. For those of you
who like hot spicy food from India check it out.

Nov. 24: Diwali
Cheryl Evans/The Arizona Republic

Sarah Anand, 12, is a dancer with Arathi School of India.
Kathy Cano
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 21, 2002 12:00 AM

From beautiful body art to exotic foods, 
the culture of India radiates mystery, 
grace and color. So much that even Hollywood 
has taken notice. 

Filmmakers are ecstatic for all things Indian. 
Ghost World and Moulin Rouge! sport snippets of 
Bollywood (Indian cinema) dance numbers, while 
indie flicks such as Monsoon Wedding offer a 
more detailed peek. 

But on Sunday, locals won't need a movie 
screen to indulge in the treasures that 
India has to offer. All they'll need is 
to make their way to downtown Phoenix for 
Diwali: The Festival of Lights. 

Sponsored by the India Association of Phoenix, 
the daylong event celebrates the textured 
culture, as the calming grounds of Heritage & 
Science Park are transformed into an Indian 
marketplace. The goods will include Northern 
and Southern Indian food as well as arts and 
crafts, custom henna body designs, clothing, 
books and jewelry. 

Those who would rather soak up the culture 
than shop will appreciate the demonstrations, 
lectures, workshops and musical performances 
that are part of the agenda. The event 
culminates with a fireworks display at 6 p.m.

Diwali: The Festival of Lights begins at 10:30 a.m, 
Sunday Nov. 24, Heritage & Science Park, 
Sixth and Monroe streets, Phoenix. Free. Details: 
or (602) 262-5029. 

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