How to Host a Kid-Friendly Diwali Celebration 2022

Photo illustration: The strategist. Photo: Avani Modi Sarkar

Hosting can be a lot, especially when part of the game is making sure the soirée you put together looks effortless. In this series, seasoned partygoers tell us how they pull off their highly specific, flawlessly executed gatherings. This part comes from Avani Modi Sarkar, the founder of Modi toy, who shares how she hosts a Diwali celebration for family and friends – including many children. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights and lasting five days starting October 24 this year, is celebrated by Indians of many faiths and the entire Hindu diaspora. Accordingly, Modi’s gathering begins with many candles, and all her guests dress up to eat and drink from afternoon to evening. But the main event are the activities she plans for the boys, which keep them busy and—essentially for Modi—teach them about their culture.

Modi grew up celebrating Diwali in Gujarat, India, where she lived until she was 8 – when her family moved to the US, they continued to observe the holidays in their new home: her mother cooked elaborate dishes and Indian sweets, and she would pray and perform religious ceremonies, but it was always “small and intimate,” Modi says.

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