One of Kent’s defining characteristics is
its diversity. There are 138 world languages spoken in Kent, and our
population reflects our racial and cultural diversity.
On October 23, some Kent residents will be celebrating Diwali,
the biggest religious holiday celebrated by all religions in India and
by Indians worldwide. It’s a time for people to clean their homes, buy
new clothes, light diyas (clay candles) around their homes and temples,
and share boxes of Indian sweets with each other. It is known as the
Festival of Lights because it signifies light over darkness and good
over evil. Its deeper significance is creating inner light and awareness
within one’s soul.
One local Kent business, Punjab Sweets (23617 104th
Ave. SE, Kent, WA 98031), celebrates Diwali each year. Owned by
Harpreet Gill, the store has been preparing for the holiday by making
Indian sweets to be shared with loved ones in Kent and beyond. On
October 22 and 23, Punjab Sweets’ front dining area will be filled with
sweets and boxes, so customers can select and package their own sweets
along with salted snacks, decorative candles (diyas) and food.
Kent is proud to celebrate this tradition with our residents and visitors.