BOYLSTON – For the first time, Tower Hill Botanical Garden will celebrate the Indian festival of Diwali, which denotes the triumph of light over darkness. It will be held on Saturday, November 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is organized in collaboration with the India Society of Worcester (ISW), the largest Indian cultural organization in MetroWest.
One of India’s main festivals, Diwali takes its name from the row of lights that illuminate houses in India to signify the path from darkness to light. The illuminated gardens will help recreate the festive atmosphere and will feature traditional rangoli designs, elaborate designs made from colored sand.
Activities will include Indian dance performances, a henna artist applying temporary tattoos, an introductory Ayurveda lecture, and a mini-bazaar with packaged food and jewelry from India. Authentic Indian dishes, from caterer Bawarchi Biryani, will also be available for purchase.
“We are delighted to partner with Tower Hill Botanic Garden to celebrate Diwali,” said Shiamin Melville, ISW coordinator for the event. “The illuminated gardens bring back memories of the sparkling nights of Diwali to many of us. We look forward to sharing this joyous occasion with ISW and the Greater Worcester community. “
“We are delighted to partner with the India Society of Worcester to host Diwali Lights at Tower Hill,” said Grace Elton, CEO of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. “This event will certainly be special for ISW and Tower Hill members, garden staff and the general public who can join us.”
Tickets are on sale on the Tower Hill website with discounts for ISW and Tower Hill Botanic Garden members. ISW members can get a promotional code on the ISW website.
Anyone able to do so must wear masks inside the Tower Hill Botanical Garden until further notice.
This is a timed entry event, but visitors are encouraged to stay until the property closes at 10 p.m.