Planning a Diwali Party in San Francisco

Zoli's Events & Weddings has helped people plan events all over San Francisco for years. Whether this is your first Diwali party or you've been throwing them your whole life, we want to help you make this the best one yet.

What Is Diwali?

Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is the largest and most important Hindu holiday in India. It is the Hindu New Year. It gets its name from the rows, avali, of clay lamps, deepa, that are lit outside people's homes during the festival. 

When Is Diwali Celebrated?

Diwali celebrations take place in either October or November every year, depending on when the darkest new moon of the Hindu Lunisolar month of Kartika begins.

Diwali Decoration Ideas

Diwali decorations are all about color. If you are planning your own Diwali party, you'll want to make sure you have plenty of Diwali lights. Traditionally, Indians light clay lamps and string electric lights throughout their home. You can also light colorful lanterns and hang them on the path to our front entrance.

Placing colorful flowers around the home is also a traditional way to decorate during Diwali. Diwali celebrations also usually include floor decorations made of sand. Find different colored sand and spread it across the floor, creating decorations and patterns using the different colors. If you have space, you can also set up a bonfire or set off a few fireworks.

Diwali Party Ideas

There are so many ways to celebrate Diwali. Borrowing from the many Indian traditions during this festive time, we can help you create the best Diwali party in San Francisco.

  • Music: Create a big playlist of different upbeat music. Diwali is a time of celebration, so make sure that your music suits the occasion.
  • Food: Food is perhaps the most important part of a Diwali celebration. Make sure you have some local San Francisco dishes as well as a few Indian dishes. You want to make your guests comfortable, but also show them some of the Diwali traditions. Have a good mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, and don't forget about the Diwali sweets. They are just as important as the main course. They come in a lot of different colors and textures and are a constantly available to the guests.
  • Games: When you're not eating or dancing, you can play traditional Indian games like Teen Patti, a card game similar to poker. You can have different areas that have different card games or other games of your choice. Just be sure they are games that can include a lot of players at one time.
  • Gifts: Gift giving is an integral part of any Diwali party. As the host, it is a tradition that you give all of your guests a gift to take home with them at the end of the night. The typical Diwali party gift is a hamper or basket of small gifts. If you really want to go the extra mile and you don't have tons of guests coming, you can them specific to each person.

Whether you're celebrating Diwali in India or San Francisco, all Diwali celebrations believe in the same message: the victory of good over evil.

Let Zoli's Events & Weddings Help You Start Planning Your Diwali Party Now!

If you're in San Francisco, our events team will be happy to help you plan your party. No matter what type of event you're dealing with, we can help. Call Zoli's Events & Weddings today to learn more.