Crowd of over 5,000 celebrates diversity at Diwali Festival sponsored by MIMIT Health


The end of Daylight Savings Time may have arrived over the weekend, but the time change was ushered in Saturday night with a blaze of light as Aurora's Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board celebrated its annual Diwali Festival at Waubonsie Valley High School.

India’s largest festival of the year, which marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, is known as the Festival of Lights and celebrates light’s victory over darkness, as well as knowledge and goodness.

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Gautam Bhatia, chairman of the Outreach Advisory Board, said offering something “that showcases the goodness of humanity” was more critical than ever given the times in which we are living.

“This is a festival that brings together the fastest growing minority here in the Aurora and Naperville area, and we want to celebrate this holiday that is part of our culture,” Bhatia said. “The world at this time is full of chaos, and there are all kinds of crime, famine and war. We need to press on and focus on the goodness of humanity and showcase that — how there is hope, and love and caring.”

Dr. Romi Chopra being honored for Hosting Diwali Festival

Dr. Romi Chopra being honored for Hosting Diwali Festival