Local Indian school, community members celebrate Diwali

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Arnav Shah, 9, lines up his shot at a target depicting an ancient Indian villian while taking part in one of the games that were part of Sunday's Diwali celebration held at Nashua High School South.
Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Aditi Sharma, 8, was one of dozens of children who created a "deepa," or clay lamp, during Sunday's Diwali celebration held at Nashua High School South.
Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Sanjana Vadapalli, left, watches closely as Harshada Sowani draws a temporary Henna tattoo on her wrist and hand during Sunday's Diwali celebration held at Nashua High School South.
Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Four of the Shishu Bharati School dancers who performed at Sunday's Diwali festival in Nashua pose for photos with Latha Mangipudi, center, a leader in the city's Indian community who attended the festival.
Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup A visitor to Sunday's Diwali festival in Nashua studies works of art entered in the Rangoli competition, the winners of which were chosen by votes cast by visitors.

NASHUA – Nine-year-old Arnar Shah took a toy “arrow” with a suction-cup tip, fit it into the string of a toy bow, pulled it tight, dropped to one knee and closed one eye as he zeroed in on his target.

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