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Diwali Celebrations with The Culture Tree

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  • Nov. 03, 2021 through Nov. 06, 2021, 10am-12pm; 12:30-2:30pm; 3-5pm
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
  • All Ages
  • $15; $12 seniors 65 and older and visitors with disabilities - Advanced Registration Required
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Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, is celebrated worldwide, and for Hindus, it is considered the beginning of the New Year. Diwali marks new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. Join members of The Culture Tree in a celebration of this beautiful festival at CMOM.

Wednesday – Saturday, 3rd floor, PlayWorks: Fireworks of Light: Create a fireworks-shaped stamp from paper rolls to create a fireworks painting in celebration of Diwali.

Saturday, 11am and 1:30pm, 3rd floor, PlayWorks: Stories of Diwali: Learn about the historical significance and origins of Diwali and how it is celebrated in India and worldwide. Enjoy different stories about the festival of lights, and sing bi-lingual Diwali songs with Anu Sehgal, the Founder of The Culture Tree.

Saturday, 10am-12pm and 1:30–4:45pm, 1st Floor, Inside Art, Rangoli Workshop: Illustrator and artist Kavita Ramchandran takes you through the significance and history of rangoli, an art form from India where patterns are created on the floor using colored rice, dry flour, colored sand, or flower petals. Design a rangoli artwork using different patterns, and help create an actual rangoli on the floor using petals and leaves, the way they adorn Indian households during Diwali. 

Saturday, 12pm, 1st Floor, Inside Art, Kathak Dance Performance: Renowned kathak artist Rachna Nivas and her team from the Leela Dance Collective take you on another journey of Diwali through this performance that includes dance, music, poetry, and storytelling. Following the performance, learn some of the steps integral to the kathak dance form, one of the main genres of ancient Indian classical dance. 

Saturday, 1pm, 1st Floor, Inside Art, Kathak Dance Workshop:  Renowned kathak artist Rachna Nivas will teach simple dance steps, mudras, the gestures, and poses of the kathak dance.


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About Children's Museum of Manhattan

212 W. 83rd St.

Upper West Side, NY


  • Standard hours: Tuesday–Friday, Sunday, 10am–5pm; Saturday, 10am–7pm; Open Mondays, 10am-5pm in summer only

  • The Children's Museum of Manhattan inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Since opening in a neighborhood storefront in 1973, CMOM has grown into a 38,000-square-foot learning facility with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites throughout New York City. 

    CMOM focuses on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

    • Early childhood education prepares children for success in school.
    • Creativity in the arts and sciences inspires creative and analytical thinking skills for lifelong learning.
    • Healthy lifestyles programs provide a blueprint for a family's physical, emotional and environmental well-being.
    • Exploration of world cultures gives children awareness, understanding and context for the diverse society in which we all live.