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Diwali lights up Vancouver community centres

October 30 2012

Diwali enriches the lives of all residents - this celebration is now embraced by thousands of people coming together as a multicultural community. - Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Blyth

Dancers are just one of the highlights at Vancouver community centres during Diwali

The Vancouver Park Board invites residents to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, at select community centres across the city starting on 3 November at Renfrew Park Community Centre.

A vibrant array of family-friendly workshops and performances offer something for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Highlights include mehndi hand tattoos, diya (clay lamp) painting, sari wrapping, and Bollywood dancing. 

The festivities wrap up on 10 November with a day of dance and musical performances, craft fair, and savory foods at the Roundhouse Community Centre. 

Diwali is a unifying celebration held in many communities across South Asia. Vancouver has the second-largest South Asian community in Canada.

In addition to space and services from the Park Board, the nonprofit Diwali Celebration Society receives sponsorship funding from the City of Vancouver, along with the provincial and federal governments, and corporate sponsors. 

This year marks the ninth Vancouver Celebrates Diwali festival. More than 4,000 people participated in last year's festivities. 

"It continues to be a highlight of the year in Vancouver, where we pride ourselves on the diversity of our city and its intercultural vibrancy," said Mayor Gregor Robertson

Check the event calendar for details on Diwali celebrations in your area.