On November 12th, Diwali, a significant festival celebrated by over a billion people worldwide, will commence.
Diwali is a primarily Hindu festival that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. The importance of new beginnings, and the act of honoring one’s ancestors, among other things. Commonly referred to as the “festival of lights,” Diwali spans five days. Some sects of Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism also observe the festival with variations in rituals and meanings. Additionally, for many, Diwali marks the commencement of the new year according to the Hindu Lunar calendar.
Moreover, given its widespread significance, Diwali is a notable celebration in Canada as well. Organizers arrange public festivities, official recognition, special events, and more to commemorate this occasion. Continue reading to discover how Canadians celebrate Diwali.
How Do Canadians Celebrate Diwali?
In Canada, the Diwali celebration starts with all the traditional elements that define this joyous festival. From the gleaming oil lamps (diyas) to vibrant floor decorations (rangoli), sharing delectable cuisine, reuniting with friends and family, singing, dancing, and more, the essence of Diwali is beautifully preserved.
Various community entities such as university student organizations, cultural groups, or temples typically organize Diwali festivities in Canada. Additionally, larger community events, often in collaboration with municipal authorities, take place in town centers. These grand celebrations frequently showcase music, dance performances, traditional Indian food stalls, bustling marketplaces, and sometimes even spectacular fireworks displays.
For those seeking public Diwali celebrations, a quick online search for events in your local area can work.
Festival of Lights: North America’s Largest Diwali Celebration
Presented by the Global Arts, Culture, and Heritage Foundation, the Festival of Lights is an annual extravaganza that proudly boasts the title of the largest Diwali celebration in North America.
On November 4th and 5th at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square, this event runs from 12 PM to 9 PM on both days. The festival promises a wide array of Diwali highlights, including dazzling fireworks, captivating music and dance performances, and a sprawling marketplace featuring over 100 local vendors. Best of all, admission to this event is free, and it operates during the same hours on both days.
Dream Media Agency and Cocktail International Group Inc. will host Diwali Dhamaka 2023 at the Capitol Banquet Centre in Mississauga on November 5th and 11th, with the event running from 12 PM to 9 PM.
This fantastic event welcomes families and individuals alike, offering a diverse range of activities and entertainment. Attendees can enjoy face painting, lively dance performances, musical delights, henna applications for temporary body art, vibrant Diwali markets, and much more. As an additional delight, attendees can win prizes, including awards for the best-dressed guests and thrilling raffle opportunities. Best of all, admission is free, making it a must-visit celebration for all.