Diwali Family Guide for Metro Detroit Families

Diwali, a five-day Festival of Lights, kicks off on Nov. 12, 2023. Here are some fun ways you and your family can celebrate.

Diwali is one of India’s biggest holidays that occurs each fall. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the five-day religious holiday focuses on hope and positivity. The main celebration will occur on Nov. 12, 2023.

Here in Metro Detroit, many families might wonder how to celebrate Diwali. We’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly ways to mark the holiday in 2023, including recipes and more activities.


Diwali Festival of Lights 2023

Oct. 27, 2023

This third annual Diwali event features Indian cultural performances, music, free henna designs, Indian snacks and children’s activities. Vendors will also be on hand selling clothing and other items.


Read Binny’s Diwali

You’ll enjoy reading this story about a girl named Binny, who’s nervous to share her favorite holiday, Diwali, with her class. This is also a great book to learn more about Diwali with your kids.

Diwali Recipes for Kids

You can’t forget about food when celebrating Diwali! Buzzing Bubs shares a round-up of Diwali recipes that kids will love. You can enjoy something savory like Sabudana vada, a deep-fried snack, or something sweet like coconut sooji ladoos.

Diwali Crafts for Kids

When celebrating the Festival of Lights, many families clean up their homes and then decorate with colorful decorations. Your kids can try out one of these Diwali crafts from The Joy of Sharing to help with decorating or perhaps make a gift for a loved one. 

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