5 ways to celebrate Diwali in Montreal

Oct 19 2017, 8:30 pm

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Light, is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world every autumn.

Light symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty, and knowledge over ignorance. It brings together people of all backgrounds in a celebration of the universal light that exists in everyone.

The festival a time for lighting diyas, laying out colourful rangolis, setting off fireworks, exchanging gifts of sweets, and celebrating with dance, music, and storytelling. Yep, it’s a whole lot of fun and the festivities go on throughout October.

Want to know how you can make this year’s festival of light special? Check out the list below.

Light up your life


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Diwali is the festival of light so be sure to get those candles out. Traditionally, candles are placed in decorated tiny clay pots (known as diyas). Not sure where to find diyas? Aside from traditional South Asian speciality shops, you may also find them in your local grocery store. These clay pots are easy to decorate and look beautiful when painted and lit with a candle inside. Place your diyas around the house and enjoy the warm glow of Diwali.

Treat yourself with sweets

Indian Sweets

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One of the best parts of Diwali celebrations is the food. Sweets are a big part of the festivities. From barfi to gulab jamun, you can’t go wrong with a delicious box of these delectable desserts, which you can pick up at your nearest Indian sweet shop.

Try a new recipe

indian food

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If you like to get creative in the kitchen, try a new recipe for Diwali. Whip up a plate of pakoras (fried vegetable fritters) and some gulab jamun for dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Check out events around town

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There are plenty of events happening around town this week that will be fun for the whole family. Here are some events to check out:

Try your hand at henna

Diwali - Woman hands with henna holding lit candle (Pikoso.kz/Shutterstock)


Mehndi (also known as henna tattoos) is traditionally applied during weddings. But this form of Indian body art is becoming increasingly more popular and mainstream. Grab a tube of henna paste and try some decorative designs on yourself or some friends. Pro-tip: to make sure your henna lasts and darkens, apply a paste of lemon juice mixed with sugar on your design when it is slightly dry.

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