Indian culture has a couple of huge celebrations that are celebrated and enjoyed by Indians all over the world. In the United States also, they are lavishly and traditionally enjoyed by desis of all ages. The new generation of Indo-Americans tend to want to keep and cherish the Indian traditions of Diwali and Navratri. Indians (young and old) dress up in fine colorful clothing and jewelry and hold events in various locations to enjoy. For Navrati , high schools and tents are set up to enjoy the festivities and to thank the female principle of nature and the goddesses (Goddesses of Hinduism- Parvati, Lakshmi, and Sarasvati) connected to them. The nine nights of Navrati are enjoyed by dancing around the goddesses through loud traditional music usually sung by famous groups of India (for example, Falguni Pathak).
During this festive period, families and friends gather in the auspicious atmosphere. Like in India, many families tend to purchase silver and gold. Sweets and savory foods are sold and cooked in each home to enjoy and share with loved ones. During Diwali, which is the Hindu festival welcoming Ram and Sita after their ‘Vana vas’ and celebrating the Hindu New Year, families gather and enjoy the days together. Navratri and Diwali are known as very auspicious times to do good deeds or even go forward for big projects, such as buying a home.
Indians in the United States truly have united to keep these cultural values alive through community events. Non-Indians love to learn about the Indian culture and many partake in the activities. During these times, many of festivities have brought out a commercial side to the ceremonies. Stalls are set up and many items such as tasty Indian dishes and goods are sold, such as saris , salwar khameez, jewelry, etc.
Diwali and Navratri are symbolic of the rich cultural heritage of India.