The Chino Hills Hindu Temple will glow with alternating iridescent colors during two light shows at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 to celebrate the Hindu New Year.

The public is invited to view the lights.

Diwali, or Festival of Lights, is celebrated per the lunar calendar, as a thanksgiving for the past year and to pray for a blissful new year, said Chino resident and BAPS volunteer Ronak Patel.

Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil, and is a time for spiritual enlightenment, he said.

The BAPS temple is at 15100 Fairfield Ranch Road.

Mountain of food

At noon on Nov. 8, residents will have a chance to view the “grand annakut,” meaning a mountain of food, which will be open to the public but not for consumption. 

More than 1,000 vegetarian delicacies will be offered to the sacred images inside the Temple in gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the new year, Mr. Patel said.

A children’s carnival, open to the public, will take place noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Rides, games, and traditional Indian street food will be sold along with pizza and nachos.

The three-day Diwali celebration includes a special prayer for peace and unity, a cultural program with music and lights, the lighting of traditional oil lamps, and colored powder on entranceway floors to create ornate patterns.

Also during the festival, individuals perform a ceremony to close their accounting books for the year and pray for prosperity in the upcoming year.

The prayer ceremony is called the Sharda Pujan and includes students who pray for prosperity in their education for the upcoming year, Mr. Patel said.

Families celebrate by having dinner together and exchanging sweets and treats. They light candles called “divos” and pray for spiritual enlightenment.

They also pray for forgiveness and positive change.

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