Diwali celebrated across B.C. with message of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance


The largest vacation of the 12 months for a lot of South Asian communities in British Columbia hits its peak on Monday.

Diwali is celebrated by a number of main religions world wide and, for every religion, it marks totally different tales and histories.

For Hindus, it is to rejoice the return of the deity Rama after years of exile, or to honour the goddess of wealth. For the Jains, it marks the passing of the religious chief Mahavira, whereas for the Sikhs it marks the liberation of Guru Hargobind from jail.

But a typical theme of light overcoming darkness runs by all of the celebrations. 

“For me it’s a sign of goodness each time profitable over evil. It’s to unfold happiness within the public and that is it,” stated Jasvir Singh, a consultant of the scholar union on the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, B.C.

The union on Friday held a Diwali celebration that included performances by college students, a DJ, dancing and meals — one of many occasions deliberate across the province, with the vacation normally lasting for a number of days.

On Sunday in Metro Vancouver folks gathered in temples and gurdwaras, watched dance and music performances and savoured conventional meals, together with the sweets related with Diwali.

South Asians are celebrating Diwali in a range of methods this 12 months from intimate household gatherings at residence to bigger celebrations with group at temples. (Gabriel Osorio/CBC)

Pratap Sandhu, director of Prabu Sweets in Surrey, B.C., stated Diwali is the busiest time of 12 months for the shop, as folks queued outdoors the store on Sunday.

The store prepares 1,000 containers of treats a day for the competition.

“We are clearly very excited and really keen about what we do,” he stated.

WATCH | Workers at Prabu Sweets put together treats for Diwali:

People line up out the door of Surrey B.C.’s Prabu Sweets for Diwali treats

The South Asian candy store says it makes 1000 containers of treats a day to fulfill demand in the course of the competition of light

During Diwali, clay lamps referred to as diyas or divas are lit throughout prayers and ceremonies in houses and temples, their heat glow symbolizing enlightenment.

Satish Kumar, president of the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, stated as much as 15,000 persons are anticipated to come back to the Hindu temple in Surrey to worship over the course of Diwali.

“Joy, good towards evil, [the] feeling of [the] public is absolutely good on Diwali day, so it is a celebration,” he stated.

Worshippers on the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Hindu temple in Surrey on Sunday. (Joel Law/CBC)

Dharm Singh Panesar, president of the Canadian Ramgarhia Society, which manages the Gurdwara Sahib Brookside in Surrey, stated after the previous two years of extra personal and conservative celebrations because of the COVID-19 pandemic, persons are extra outgoing this 12 months.

“People had been holding again the final two years, now all people is exhibiting heaps extra enthusiasm, so we can have much more folks [Monday],” he stated.

Volunteers on the gurdwara on Sunday had been busy making rotis and different meals in preparation for the hundreds of worshippers anticipated on Monday.

A performer at Vancouver’s Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre applies make-up as she prepares to take part in Diwali celebrations on Sunday. (Joel Law/CBC News)

Kriti Dewan, inventive director for the Diwali Celebration Society, was additionally happy that celebrations this 12 months gave the impression to be returning to their pre-pandemic degree.

Dewan helped co-ordinate a Diwali celebration on the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver on Sunday, which featured music, dance and the creation of big rangolis, patterns created on flooring or tabletops utilizing vibrant colors.

“Being in a position to really work together with our artwork zones, with the ability to see performances dwell after which additionally seize a cup of masala chai, it is only a totally different feeling,” stated Dewan about this 12 months’s celebrations.

Festivities are anticipated to proceed by the week across the province.

People at Vancouver’s Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre paint clay lamps as half of Diwali celebrations on Sunday. (Joel Law/CBC News)


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