To preserve and promote the celebration of Hindu values, traditions, and culture, BAPS Mandirs across North America organized Kids’ Diwali Celebrations starting the last weekend of October through the third weekend of November.
This year’s celebrations followed the theme of “Discover and Live Hinduism” and allowed youth participants to experience the richness of Hinduism, as a means to develop pride for their heritage and identity. Elementary- and middle-school-aged boys and girls had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with different Hindu rituals, the practice of which allow them to build a stronger connection to Bhagwan. With a thorough understanding of the purpose behind these Hindu rituals, participants were inspired to continue practicing them in their daily lives.
Under the spiritual leadership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS continues to promote and organize activities that celebrate the spirit and values of Hindu festivals while simultaneously augmenting today’s youth with vital life lessons. These lessons equip youths with the potential to share peace, love, harmony and provide selfless service to the community.