IN the 1970s and 1980s, the highlight of the social calendar in the Northern Areas was the annual Diwali Ball, organised by the Shamrocks Football Club.The ball and the accompanying Diwali Queen competition at the Alabama Hotel were sold out weeks in advance. Although Diwali, the annual Festival Of Lights, is celebrated by Hindus all over the world the Diwali Queen competition was open to all races over the years.With the demise of the Alabama Hotel 20 years ago, the ball was moved to the Boardwalk and eventually faded. Natalia Adams fondly remembers the day she was crowned the Diwali Queen, 32 years ago. “Although it was an Indian festival, the competition was open to everyone irrespective of race or religion,” Adams said. “All of us were proud to be called the Diwali Queen.”The Hindu community celebrated Diwali or Deepavalli yesterday, Tuesday, November 6.In an attempt to revive the Diwali Ball, the Malabar Home for the Aged has organised a Diwali dance at the Morningside High School Hall this Saturday, November 10. Music will be provided by Ash the Bash and tickets cost R60For more info contact Valli Pillay on 084 240 7505, Viven Pillay on 072 405 2726 or the Malabar Home For the Aged on 041 457 5805.