Indian Americans in Sacramento celebrate Diwali with car parade

Sacramento Diwali

Festival of lights celebrated in ‘Quarantine Style’ amid covid pandemic.

Undeterred by the covid-19 pandemic, over 100 Indian Americans in Sacramento, California celebrated Diwali, the Indian festival of lights in ‘Quarantine Style’ with a parade of cars decorated with lights.

Celebrated under the auspices of Sacramento chapter of SEWA, a humanitarian, nonprofit service organization that originated in India, the parade in Roseville on Sunday attracted many from nearby suburbs.

People dressed in traditional Indian clothes, with children and family waving, cheering, showcased their cars with decorated lights depicting the spirit of the Diwali festivity, according to a media release.

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Many local Americans also joined the parade. Some taking pictures at the starting point told the organizers that the decorations and lighting were so refreshing and certainly created a positive vibe.

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights  is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists (Indic tradition) alike and the festive spirit expressed by those of “any, all and no faith.”

Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance,” the release noted. Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness.

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Despite the 100-year record extreme cold weather local Indian Americans came from Sacramento suburban cities including Elk Grove, Folsom, Orangevale, Rancho, Rocklin, and Roseville, with their decorated vehicles.

Local Indian Americans spent hours decorating their cars with colorful LEDs for The Diwali Car Parade.

On this occasion, Sewa received more than 50 pounds of canned food donations through this Diwali food drive and donated the food collected to the local food bank.

Sewa thanked local business Reliance Supermart for providing sweets to all the parade participants.


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