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Diwali events around L.A.

November 03, 2012
  • Gift boxes of sweets are packaged for Diwali at Surati Farsan Mart restaurant in Artesia, CA.
Gift boxes of sweets are packaged for Diwali at Surati Farsan Mart restaurant… (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles…)

Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, is the culture's most lavishly celebrated holiday.

Rather like Christmas and New Year's Eve rolled into one, the five-day fete is filled with parties, street festivals, fireworks, gift giving — and oh, yes, plenty of good food. Dictated by the Hindu calendar, this year Diwali falls on Nov. 13-17, but often restaurants arrange their celebrations to coincide with weekends.

• Tanzore's sixth annual Diwali celebration, Nov. 9-13, offers the chef's special three-course festival menus, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, along with a Bollywood dance show, henna artists, live tabla and sitar music with a DJ and dancing. $49 per person. Tanzore also hosts Family Diwali Day on Nov. 11, with children's performances by NamasteKidz & Karmagraphy, plus a fashion show, arts and crafts, jewelry sales, henna artists, live DJ and more. $10 for adults, $5 for children or free for kids younger than 5. 50, N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 652-3838,

• Chakra restaurants of Irvine and Beverly Hills host a special Diwali evening Champagne buffet of multi-regional and modern Indian dishes. Live tabla and traditional music at both venues. On Nov. 13 at 151 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 246-3999, On Nov. 17 at 4143 Campus Drive, Irvine, (949) 854-0009.

• Naya restaurant presents its annual L.A.-Mumbai Sister City Affiliation Diwali celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Multi-course chef's feast, wines from Raymond Vineyards in Napa, Bollywood dancers, tarot readings, henna painting, gift bags and more. 3705 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 663-8268,

• The Diwali Utsav dinner and gala musical and dance show takes place Oct. 27 at Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Dinner at 5 p.m. Show is 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, or with preferred seating for $50. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks,

—Linda Burum

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