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Did You Celebrate Diwali?

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn, GA, celebrates Diwali.

Last night I went to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn to celebrate Diwali.  I've been to this place a few times already to take pictures.  It is an architectural marvel that you have to see if you haven't been there before.  You can easily spend hours taking in the hand carved details all around the building inside and out.

During Diwali they lit up the building at night in an array of multiple colors.  The smell of incense lingered everywhere.  The fireworks and music show started at 8pm, and it a sensory experience I'll never forget.

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Greg Williams October 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM
There are lots more fireworks pictures available here: http://gerg1967.smugmug.com/Events/Diwali/19757522_6vXqBc#1551859606_ZtXr8Kk
Theresa Waldrop October 27, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Terrific photos, Greg. Thank you!
Everett Bracken October 27, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Amazing!
Concerned October 28, 2011 at 01:20 PM
I think that City of Lilburn Residents should be notified when this is going to happen. It is very scary to hear this and think that something really bad is going on. It sounds like we are being bombed! It is very scary for children to hear this and not know what is happening.
LauraLee Moore October 28, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I totally agree - should be on the front page of our paper or at least put something in The Patch a few days BEFORE it happens....
Greg Williams October 28, 2011 at 02:51 PM
It was mentioned in Patch a few days before the event. It was in the "5 Things to Know" post on Oct 24 with a link to the site detailing the planned events. http://lilburn.patch.com/articles/five-things-to-know-today-oct-24-76e11822
Concerned October 28, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Not everybody reads the Patch!! I think they should be required to print flyers and distribute to let everybody know!
LauraLee Moore October 28, 2011 at 03:28 PM
My bad - I don't read the 5 things everyday - only about twice a week. I guess this is how THEY feel when we have July 4th and New Year's Eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Greg Williams October 28, 2011 at 03:46 PM
This celebration happens every year in late Oct or early Nov (not a specific date). It is worth visiting the site at least once to experience it, too. The fireworks and light show is quite amazing to see.
Margot Ashley October 28, 2011 at 04:52 PM
The Feast of Diwali is the celebration of the New Year based on a lunar calendar of 360 days. Notices were sent to all known neighborhood watch leaders to inform as many people for whom SafetySmart Lilburn has contact information. If you would like to be included on this email information list and/or to receive our monthly newsletter focusing on safety, please visit the website at www.safetysmartlilburn.org and complete the "Contact Us" Form.
Margot Ashley October 28, 2011 at 04:54 PM
And I should mention that it was a spectacular event which helped me understand a little of the cultural ideas of the people of the mandir. Truly worth the time to attend.
Concerned October 28, 2011 at 05:04 PM
I don't care how many times you post it on the internet, there are lots of people who don't have access to a computer. This should be made aware to the people of Lilburn in some other way. Just not handled in a very good manner.
Theresa Waldrop October 28, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Next time, I'll try to put it in a more prominent place and in the comments. Y'all give me a shout if you know of something going on that's not on Patch, too! We'll help each other spread the word.
Richard Ferris October 28, 2011 at 07:22 PM
Well done, Greg! Thanks for keeping the community informed.
Synthia Morgan October 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Greg, let patch lovers know they are celebrating Diwali this year on Nov 13 - 14. Check it out: http://atlanta.baps.org/diwali2012/index.html

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