Tennessee lawmakers join first Diwali celebration at Tennessee Capitol
Tennessee Attorney General Anthony Skrmetti receives a traditional garland of marigolds at a Diwali celebration at the Tennessee Capitol, Nov. 13, 2023. (Photo: John Partipilo)
A bipartisan group of legislators joined members of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a Hindu denomination that focuses on youth development, womens empowerment and humanitarian causes, for the first celebration of Diwali in the Tennessee Capitol on Monday.
Shri Ramesh Babu Lakshmanan, consul general of India for six southern states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, attended the event.
Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is the most widely-celebrated Indian festival, signifying the triumph of good over evil. During the five-day celebration, people of all Indian backgrounds come together to exchange gifts and enjoy cultural traditions and food.
BAPS is a spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society by fostering Hindu and universal ideals of faith, love, humility, unity, and selfless service. Its worldwide network of 3,800 centers supports these character-building activities, including in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Columbia.
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