Hindu communities in the province of Malaga will come together in the Plaza La Nogalera in Torremolinos on Saturday 28 October, in order to celebrate the Diwali Mela Festival.
The Diwali festival, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the major festivals of Hinduism and it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
The Indian Association of Malaga organises this event, along with the assistance of Torremolinos town hall, which serves as a link between cultures and values. The festival will highlight Bollywood music and Indian dance demonstrations and visitors can sample traditional Indian cuisine.
Tradition costumes, including saris, sherwani coats, bangles, beads and cashmere scarves, will be available from the small street market, and there will also be Henna tattooing and workshops with Indian artisan products.
The Diwali celebration is observed by Hindus all over the world and it is a time to celebrate with family and friends: it is a night that coincides with the new moon of the Hindu calendar. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, and on Diwali night people dress up in new clothes, light lamps and candles, and participate in 'puja' (prayers) to Lakshmi - the goddess of fertility and prosperity.
The event, which is organised to raise money for the Hindu temple in Benalmádena Costa, begins at 6pm and continues until midnight.