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Deepavali at South Street Seaport

Celebrate Deepavali—also known as Diwali—with more than 100,000 revelers at one of the largest culturally Indian events in the city. Feast on regional specialties; browse clothing, crafts and jewelry; and catch performances including an appearance by Omi Vaidya from Bollywood rom-com 3 Idiots. Take part in what the organizers hope will be the largest outdoor bhangra party in history, led by DJ Rekha at 5pm—Guinness World Records officials will be there to document the event. The "festival of lights," which commemorates the end of Hindu king and deity Rama’s 14 years of exile, culminates in a dazzling fireworks display.

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I have been to this festival before. I love the food and the variety of entertainment. There is always a huge crowd. And the energy is very good. Must see it.