Diwali events in Calgary for 2016

Oct 13 2016, 8:25 pm

Get your candles and fireworks ready, Diwali is almost here.

Also known as the Festival of Light, Diwali originated in India, but is celebrated across the world – including Calgary.

This year, Diwali takes place on October 30, but the festivities stretch over several days.

Want a taste of Diwali in Calgary? Take a look below for our guide to five Calgary Diwali events to get you in the celebratory spirit.

Calgary Celebrates Diwali

  • What: United Way of Calgary is commemorating South-Asian communities across the city with its annual Diwali celebration event, featuring performances from top Indian dance groups, a colourful fashion show plus sari and turban tying.
  • Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197-1st Street SW
  • When: Monday, October 24, from 5 to 9 pm
  • Admission: Entry is free

RANA Diwali Milan

  • What: The Rajasthan Association of North America brings you this Diwali celebration, including music and dance performances, a finger-licking vegetarian dinner, Calgary’s most popular Bollywood DJ
  • Where: Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE
  • When: Saturday, November 5, at 6 pm
  • Tickets: Available by contacting organizers on Facebook, $45-$75

Diwali Mela

  • What: Celebrate Diwali Mela with the Hindu Society of Calgary, taste delicious chatpata Indian food, and enjoy entertainment, dance, music and raffles.
  • Where: Hindu Mandir – 2225 24 Avenue NE
  • When: Sunday, October 16, from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Admission: Entry is free

Diwali Dhoom

  • What: This first ever Diwali Dhoom celebration will feature cultural performances, an open DJ dance floor, snacks and a dinner buffet, plus door entry prizes.
  • Where: Temple Community Hall – 167 Templegreen Road NE
  • When: Saturday, October 22, at 5 pm
  • Tickets: Available by contacting organizers via Facebook, $30

Diwali – Awakening the Light Within

  • What: This evening of “inner brilliance” gives you a chance to hear from Ron FitzSimons, longtime Raja Yoga teacher, amid a celebration filled with reflection, entertainment and ceremony.
  • Where: Scarboro Community Association – 1727 – 14 Avenue SW
  • When: Sunday, October 30, from 4:30 to 6 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, entry is free