San Antonio is known for its rich diversity, in which every type of culture is celebrated. The same is true for DiwaliSA, the Indian festival of lights: each year, the sister cities of San Antonio and Chennai, India, partner for Diwali SA. From vibrant cultural performances to delectable Indian cuisine, the Alamo City allows you to experience Indian culture like never before.

Here is everything you need to know to experience Indian food and culture at Diwali San Antonio:


Understanding Diwali, The Festival of Lights

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Diwali, also known as the Sanskrit word Deepavali (“row of lights”), is one of India’s most celebrated and time-honored festivals, primarily for Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Traditionally held from October to November, Diwali marks the victory of light over darkness and good over evil, and generally is a festivity to showcase humankind’s ability to overcome.

The festival is traditionally marked by the lighting of oil lamps, fireworks, and the exchange of Diwali sweets such as kalakand, rasgulla, ras malai, chum chum, and more. You can also expect Indian dishes to be popular during this event.


Experience the Arts & Culture of Diwali

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Diwali SA began in 2009 to celebrate and embrace the sister-city relationship between San Antonio, Texas, and Chennai, India. The festival typically includes food and merchant booths representing different parts of India. In addition, you can also expect authentic Indian attire to be adorned by participants of the festival and those who want to embrace Indian culture fully.

You can also expect dancing, theatre performances, art exhibits, and various cultural activities. At Diwali SA, one of the landmark activities is lighting candles, which are then floated down the San Antonio River Walk. The night is topped off with fireworks, making Diwali a breathtaking experience to remember.

2023 will mark the 15th year of Diwali SA, so we expect an exciting night that will surely be a highlight of your San Antonio vacation.


San Antonio Thrives on Diversity

The Alamo City thrives on diversity, and the celebration of Diwali is illustrative of the welcoming and accepting nature of San Antonio. We honor the cultural traditions from all over, and our culture is rooted in embracing the unique diversity seen throughout the city.

With Diwali SA, you get to experience the richness of Indian culture without leaving the heart of Texas. The cultural scene is just one of many opportunities to experience San Antonio's heritage.


Come to the Alamo City for Cultural Delights Unlike Anywhere Else


San Antonio is a city that celebrates diversity’s richness, which is apparent in the many opportunities to celebrate diversity in all its forms. From unique one-of-a-kind cultural events to culinary traditions, San Antonio is the place to be if you want a unique, immersive cultural experience. Start planning your trip and see what makes San Antonio different.