Vancouver Celebrates Diwali November 2 – 7, 2010

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Diwali is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and a major celebration among South Asian communities in both Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland. In Vancouver, the biggest Diwali celebration is the annual Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival, which runs from November 2 – 7, 2010.

Produced by the non-profit Diwali Celebration Society, the 7th annual Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival has two major events: the Opening Ceremonies on November 2 and Diwali Downtown, a massive, FREE all-day festival at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre on November 7. While the Opening Ceremonies start the festival with panache—and an official recognition of the holiday—it’s Diwali Downtown that shouldn’t be missed.

Diwali Downtown is absolutely packed with events, including world-renowned sitarist Mohamed Assani, multiple dance troupes, comedy troupes, live music, bhangra workshops, henna tatooing, and art exhibits. Of particular note is the Massive Rangoli designed by Whitney Krueger and built by festival-goers (including you). The Massive Rangoli—a colourful floor mosaic created by assembling different materials (feathers, lentils, rice, sand) in intricate patterns—will be 40-feet by 30-feet and take up an entire Roundhouse room!

If you’ve ever celebrated at Diwali Downtown before, please comment—I’d love to hear what you think!

The Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival runs November 2 – 7, 2010; Diwali Downtown is November 7, 2010.

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