Diwali Fest brings festivities, food, and fun to Vancouver this month

Oct 9 2019, 2:42 pm

One of the most colourful and important dates on the Indian calendar is being celebrated in Vancouver this month

Diwali Fest is returning for its 16th year and this weekend’s festivities will take place at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch for a performance featuring traditional music and dance.

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Diwali is celebrated worldwide and the word means “row of lighted lamps.” 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 is a time for lighting diyas, laying out colourful rangolis, setting off fireworks, exchanging gifts of sweets, and celebrating with dance, music, and storytelling.

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This year, Diwali officially takes place on October 27, but Diwali Fest is bringing a slew of events to the city and has grown become one of the largest Diwali- themed events in Metro Vancouver.

On October 26, you can expect music and dance performed by local artists, rangolis, amazing food, and fireworks for the Diwali Downtown festival. And the best part is it’s free!

So if you want to discover the vast array of Indian cultures and this year’s festival is the perfect place to do that.

Diwali Fest is hosting several other events leading up to October 27, so be sure to check their website for more details!

Diwali Fest 2019

When: Various events, check website for details
Where: Various locations, check the website for details
Admission: Free or by donation