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The Gentiva Diwali Celebration highlighted concepts of happiness, prosperity and a new year.

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Posted November 20, 2023 | Photos By Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette

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A beautiful Sunday sun beamed down on the Gentiva Diwali Celebration held Sunday in downtown Ocala. The event, hosted by the Strategic Community Alliance, took place at Citizens’ Circle, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala

Diwali, the Indian festival of light, was celebrated to show happiness, prosperity and the beginning of a new year. The community-wide cross-cultural event offered a uniquely immersive experience of Indian culture, with opportunities to dance, sample food and learn about Indian history.

The event included a Bollywood Dance Along, Saree Experience and Indian Fashion Show, along with various food, cultural and educational offerings.

Attendees experienced a day of enlightenment and entertainment focused on a spirit of community and cultural awareness.

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