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Known as the “Festival of Lights,” Diwali is a time when worshippers light clay lamps to celebrate the inner glow that repels spiritual darkness. Celebrations are rooted in traditions of oral storytelling and joyful revelry, including mounds of decadent treats, festive finery, and fireworks. For many, it represents their faith in the goodness of humanity.
Opened in 1973, Calcutta was Atlanta’s first Indian restaurant—but, much more than that, it was a community center, a place where South Asians could socialize freely.