The most popular event in the Indian calendar is being celebrated in Metro Vancouver this month – Diwali Festival.
That’s right. Between October 1 and 17, a wide range of cultural events will be taking place at various locations in the tri cities. This includes everything from a free Diwali-themed art workshop, to a South Asian cooking class, and a massive performance at Vancouver Public Library.
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 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.
So if you want to discover Indian culture and celebrate Diwali, this year’s festival is the perfect place to do that. It aims to continue to grow with the City Surrey by offering more voice to Canadians of all origins to share in the festival of lights and share in other cultural traditions.
The celebration and spirit of Diwali is truly universal and the message it engenders of promoting inclusiveness motivates organizers to bring the festival to the Lower Mainland. And the Diwali Festival society is driven to build bridges between communities, to promote intercultural understanding by exploring how traditional South Asian arts evolve into fusion forms in the context of new countries and contemporary values.
This year’s major partners include The City of Surrey, The City of Vancouver, The Canada Council for the Arts, and British Columbia Arts Council.
Some of the events that you can attend include:
- Diwali Downtown Surrey – Free or by donation Only Sunday, October 1, 3 to 6 pm
- Diwali @ the Vancouver Central Library, October 5, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
- Diwali Fest South Asian Cooking Class, October 8, 12 to 2 pm ($20)
- Diwali Downtown Vancouver, includes Diwali-themed art class – Free or by donation, October 14, 3 to 7 pm
- Rangoli Painting Workshop, October 17, 6:30 to 8 pm
What are you waiting for? Get planning your Diwali celebrations today.
When: October 1 to 17
Where: Various locations throughout Metro Vancouver
Price: Prices vary fro FREE to $20
Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of Diwali Festival