Diwali is a joyous occasion. The five-day festival of lights is celebrated by more than a billion people of multiple faiths, including Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. Honoring the triumph of good over evil, it’s a period of happiness and renewal, so what better time to surround yourself with inspiring people?
Fittingly, the multi-talented star Mindy Kaling marked the occasion with an evening celebrating South Asian women. As host of the Phenomenal x Live Tinted Diwali Dinner, Kaling spotlighted the community’s contributions to entertainment, arts, and business. Innovators like author Meena Harris, beauty entrepreneur Deepica Mutyala, content creator Liza Koshy, and film star Priyanka Chopra were all on hand to share personal stories, celebrate each other’s achievements, and enjoy a little revelry.
As a writer, director, producer, performer, Kaling has an impressive resume all her own, but experiencing the holiday’s second night in a room filled with her industry peers of South Asian descent was moving. So much so that post-event, she took to Instagram to praise the women who filled her evening with joy. “This couldn’t have happened when I first moved to Los Angeles over a decade ago, but now we’re here,” she wrote. “Next year [this] will be even bigger.”
Here, Kaling takes Vogue along for her night, from getting ready in her custom lehenga to enjoying a little-known holiday tradition.
Originally published in Vogue.com