The 8th Annual Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival runs October 15-23, 2011. Diwali is a time to celebrate the universal light that exists in each of us!

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Sunday, October 16: “Dance All Sorts Diwali Style” / 2pm – 3pm / The Roundhouse
Monday, October 18: “Diwali Bright Lights” Emerging Talent Showcase/ 4:30 pm / Heritage Hall
Tuesday, October 18: “Chai House on Main Street” Cabaret / 7:30 pm / Heritage Hall
Sunday, October 23: “Diwali Downtown” Cultural Extravaganza / 12pm – 6pm / The Roundhouse

Saturday, October 15: Renfrew Community Centre / 5pm – 7pm **
Sunday, October 16: False Creek Community Centre 2pm – 4pm
Monday, October 17: South Vancouver Neighborhood House / 1pm – 3pm
Wednesday, October 19: West End Community Centre / 4pm – 6pm
Thursday, October 20: Carnegie Community Centre / 1pm – 3pm
Friday, October 21: Renfrew Community Centre / 10am – 11am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Friday, October 21: Sunset Community Centre / 5pm – 7pm
Saturday, October 22: Britannia Community Centre / 1pm – 3pm
Sunday, November 6: Kerrisdale Community Centre / 3:45pm – 5:30pm

The name “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali” (Sanskrit: दीपावली Dīpāvalī), which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dīpas) in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

It is an important festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, celebrated for different reasons, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji are among the countries celebrating Diwali.

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