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HAPPY DIWALI AND EID MUBARAK TO OUR READERS
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

The Festival of Lights is upon us again and here once again are the Diwali celebrations being held by Indian American communities throughout the Sunshine State.

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

OCT. 11: The Geet Mala Diwali Mala Show will be held at the Cuban Civic Club, 10905 Memorial Highway in Tampa. For more information, call Bansrajh or Joyce at (813) 253-0928.

OCT. 25: The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will hold its Diwali Dinner at the India Cultural Center in Tampa. The dinner and entertainment that will follow is free for Samaj members. For information, call Samaj president Dr. Harish Patel at (727) 398-4030, Dr. C.J. Patel at (813) 960-8450 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

OCT. 28: The Sanatan Mandir in Tampa will hold Diwali and New Year fireworks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 311 E. Palm Ave. For more information, call (813) 221-4482 or visit www.sanatanmandir.org

NOV. 1: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Tampa will celebrate Diwali-Annakut on Saturday, Nov. 1. Annakut/aarti darshan will be every hour from noon to 7 p.m. Diwali will be celebrated at 8 p.m. and children's Diwali will be 2 to 7 p.m. with fun and games for kids of all ages. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is at 9556 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa or call (813) 431-0038.

NOV. 1: The Hindu Temple of Florida will hold Diwali celebrations on Nov. 1 at its community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa. The grand cultural program will begin with a cultural program from 4 to 7 p.m. It will be followed by a special recital of Hindustani classical bhajans by Lavanya Dinesh; fireworks will be at 7 p.m., followed by dinner. Admission is free. To participate in the cultural program, call Rajyam Korabathina at (727) 937-1893; deadline for entries is Oct. 19; for more information, visit www.hindutempleofflorida.org

NOV. 1: The Federation of American Physicians of Indian origin (FAPI) will celebrate Diwali Nov. 1 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. Social is from 2:30 to 3 p.m., with CME Program Activity from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment. The event is free for members who attend CME. For more detailed information, call FAPI President Dr. Krishan Batra at (813) 963-9857.

NOV. 2: Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB) will celebrate Diwali on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road. For more information, write to mmtb_moderator@yahoo.com or join MMTB mailing list at groups.yahoo.com/group/mmtb
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DEEPAVALI - THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS




India Festival Chairman Nandkishor Shah
TAMPA INDIA FEST TO BE HELD NOV. 8
Story provided by India Festival committee

It continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The 21st annual India Festival on Saturday, Nov. 8, organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, is expected to attract more than 12,000 people, 85 vendor booths and nearly 15 restaurants selling food.

"Due to the growing attendance, the committee has added more and more areas of the USF Sun Dome to accommodate more shopping and food stalls," said India Festival Chairman Nandkishor Shah. "It is truly a shopper's parade. Booths will offer jewelry, boutiques, audio-video, home decor, photo studio, mehndi, etc. Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of catered cuisine. Exotic Indian food items and juices are a special treat to the palate."
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Anoushka Shankar/ Photo copyright: Julian Colston
ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, RAVI SHANKAR TO PERFORM IN GAINESVILLE, WEST PALM BEACH

Anoushka Shankar and her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, will perform Saturday, Oct. 11 in West Palm Beach and Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Gainesville.

The 8 p.m. concert on Oct. 11 will be held at Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

The 7:30 p.m. performance on Oct. 14 will be at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (315 Hull Road, Gainesville) at the University of Florida.
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WHY DO MUSLIMS CELEBRATE EID?
Submitted by Husain Nagamia, M.D.

Eid Mubarak is now a worldwide accepted greeting. On Eid day, you may hear the word being exchanged not only between Muslims but even among many of their friends who may be non-Muslim and practicing any other religion, be it Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, or Judaism or any other faith for that matter.
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Pandit Vishnu Sharma
DEEPAVALI - THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
By PANDIT VISHNU SHARMA

Deepavali is celebrated in honor of three things. The first being the passing of the old and heralding the New Year based on lunar time measurements preceding the Vikram era. This day is identified as Amavasya (the 15th dark night of the month of Kaartick. The second reason is in honor for bountiful crops at the beginning of the fall harvest. The third reason is the anticipatory longing for Hari-Prabodhini (i.e., end of chatur-maas).
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