Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, marks the start of the Hindu New Year! Short for Deepawali or "row of lights" in Sanskrit, the five-day holiday is celebrated with the expectations of good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. It symbolizes the inner light that prevails over darkness and the triumph of good over evil.
Houston's Little India:
Gandhi District Bus Tour
Learn about Diwali, the Festival of Lights, while touring Houston's "Little India," also known as Gandhi District! Discover the area's most popular street, Hillcroft Boulevard, as you visit a South Asian market, enjoy a delicious Pakistani Buffet lunch, and inhale at a fantastic bakery. Shop for a beautiful sari dress and see an unforgettable Hindu temple.
What is Filipino American Heritage Month?
October is Filipino American Heritage Month (FAHM)! FAHM was introduced in 1992 by Dr. Dorothy Cordova and Dr. Fred Cordova, founders of the Filipino American National History Society. Officially recognized by U.S. Congress in 2009, it commemorates October 18, 1587, the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the Continental United States.
Live Like a Local:
Asiatown Evening Walking Tours
10/19 & 11/30
Experience our new evening walking tour of Houston's Asiatown! Begin your evening with a scrumptious dinner, then stroll through a bustling Asian shopping center on foot. Discover Asiatown history and end your night with a special dessert. Our first ten guests to book a walking tour will receive a $10 gift card!
Crispy, flaky, delicious—make your own potato-stuffed deep-fried snack! Samosas, a popular South Asian dish, are flavored with spices and usually consist of potatoes and herbs. They can be eaten as is or with a condiment.
You will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup oil
6 tbsp water
¾ tsp carom seeds
¾ tsp salt
½ cup green peas
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ginger
Follow the Recipe
Now through October 31, email subscribers of Houston Asiatown Tours will receive 10% off their entire order at Wok It Out on 5702 Hillcroft Street on a weekday.
Just present this email! Limit 1 per order, and valid in person only Monday thru Friday.
Now booking group tours for January & February 2023 to celebrate Lunar New Year!
International District Fall Festival
Sat, October 8, 10 am – 1 pm
Welcome the fall season with face painting, a costume contest, vendors, and games for the whole family. Plus, the first 250 kids receive free pumpkins.
Be sure to stop by the Houston Asiatown Tours table for goodies!
Fort Bend Diwali - Celebrating Festival of Lights
Sun, October 9, 4– 8 pm
Observe Diwali in Sugar Land Town Square, featuring a pageant, play, dance talent, photo ops, and a food drive that gives back.
Filipino American Heritage Month Fest
Sun, October 16, 4–9 pm
Houston's Have a Nice Day Market is partnering with Asian-owned businesses in celebration of Filipino American Heritage Month at Post HTX!
Houston Halal Food Fest
Sun, November 6, 12–7 pm
This food scene hosts a diverse line-up of halal food, drinks, desserts, and several local talents of art, décor, clothing, jewelry, and much more!
Diwali Mela: Houston Festival of Lights
Sat, November 5, 7 pm – 12 am
The triumph of good over evil comes as an outdoor street festival brimming with fashion, décor stalls, street food vendors, and a massive stage of cultural entertainment!
Images: (1) Photos: Suchandra Roy Chowdhury, Udayaditya Barua, Rahul Pandit (2) Courtesy of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (3) Asiatown Evening Tour. Photo: Cathy Podell (4) Courtesy of Swasthi's Recipes (5) Photo: Courtesy of Wok It Out (6) Courtesy of Have a Nice Day. Photo: Alan Castelan