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Happy Diwali: Where to Celebrate Indian New Year

Diwali festival of lights
Diwali festival of lights

Get dressed in your Indian best, meaning saris, sparkly shawls, glittery jewels or anything glamorous and Indian-inspired in order to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which is also Indian New Year. The holiday lasts for five days, Nov. 5-9.

Tanzore in Beverly Hills has a full schedule of celebrations starting with the Los Angeles Mumbai Sister City Affiliation's early Diwali party Sunday (October 24) at 6 p.m. in Gaylord's Banquet Room, the party space adjacent to the restaurant.

There'll be a lavish Indian buffet, wines from Clautiere, Kiamie and Divya, which is a private label of Malibu Family Wines; an Indian dance performance, tarot card reading, henna painting, a raffle and goodie bags Tickets are $75. To get one, email honeycutmira34@gmail.com. A share of the proceeds will go to charitable projects in India.

The beat goes on with Tanzore's own Festival of Lights Nov. 3 through 7. The restaurant will serve a three-course festival dinner ($49) the first four nights, with seatings at 6 and 9 p.m. Live sitar and Indian flute music, a DJ and dancing, a henna artist, exhibition booths and Bollywood dancers are some of the highlights leading up to an after party Saturday, Nov. 6 from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The festival ends Nov. 7 with Children's Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults can sit in while the kids watch a Diwali skit, listen to stories and see a dance performance. Admission is free for tots under 2, but $5 to $10 for older kids.

For reservations, call (310) 652-3894. Tanzore is at 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills.