California: Cupertino Memorial Park here came alive Oct. 12 with over 12,000 parents, kids and community members as the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and its Asian American Business Council held their 11th Annual Diwali Festival of Lights.
The theme of this year’s festival, inspired by sponsors El Camino Hospital and the South Asian Heart Center, was “Healthy Eating and Healthy Living,” as demonstrated by all the festival food vendors who offered a heart-healthy meal and its recipe for all the festival-goers.
In addition, the South Asian Heart Center set up a large anatomically correct heart display in the center of the festival grounds to raise awareness about the high incidence of coronary artery disease among South Asians.
Visitors to the festival were treated to a program of music and dance performances, a traditional Rangoli display, and numerous stalls featuring handicrafts, games and clothing. Guests were also able to see a replica of the famous Red Fort of India, which was brought to Cupertino by India.com.
The grand opening ceremony featured community and elected leaders including Assembly member Paul Fong, state Senators Jim Beall and Jerry Hill, Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney, vice mayor Gilbert Wong, and Deputy Indian Consul Kumar Tuhin.
“Diwali is an excellent opportunity to bring the business community together to celebrate a holiday that is very significant for the Indian population,” said Mahesh Nihalani, the event chair organizer. “The Diwali festival has proven to be an excellent way to bridge our business community with the residents of Cupertino.”