Orlando, FL November 05, 2018- Members of the Indian American Chamber of Commerce- Orlando are joining Indian American families across the United States this week to celebrate India’s most important holiday.
This year Diwali, Deepavali or Dipvali will be celebrated Wednesday, November 7th. Diwali, a Hindu festival, also known as the festival of lights, symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance."
"Diwali is India's largest and most important holiday of the year,” said IACC President Yog Melwani. “It is a five-day celebration when families light lamps every night during the festival to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes.”
The first day of Diwali celebrations is called Dhanteras. The second day of Diwali is called Narak Chaturdasi, the 14th lunar day. Homes light 14 diyas to ward off evil. The third day is when Diwali is celebrated with family and 21 diyas are lit. On the 4th day, people celebrate Govardhan pooja, in remembrance of Lord Krishna. In mythic tales, he lifted Govardhan Hill to shelter the people in Vrindavan from heavy rain. The celebration ends with observing Bhai Dooj on the 5th day.
The IACC is a strong Chamber of Commerce with a growing membership, dedicated to expanding the “reach” of its members’ businesses. Together, the IACC and its members are committed to community service, to assisting charitable groups and to increasing trade between the United States and India.
The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is focused on “Connecting People and Fostering Business”. The IACC represents more than a billion dollars in economic activity, and it is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c)(6) organization. Visit www.IACCOrlando.com for more information.