The Festival of Light: Diwali is set for Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Mission’s Clarke Theatre.
“It promises to be a multicultural night of food, festivity and fun for the Fraser Valley,’’ said Sanjay Gulati, executive director of Mission Community Services Society.
This year the theatre lobby will be transformed into a marketplace where patrons will be able to purchase jewelry and other accessories, sample foods, visit community booths and have their hands painted by henna artists.
A free ethnic buffet dinner will be served in the cafetorium just after 5 p.m. and features vegetarian fare and dessert.
Approximately 1,200 samosas will be available.
Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with Dasmesh Punjabi School youth dance and instrumental performers; a multicultural component of Irish, Mexican and Ukrainian dance numbers; the University of the Fraser Valley Bhangra team and more.
Even Norden the Magician is making an appearance. Emcees this year are Satti Grewal and Abbotsford City Coun. Kelly Chahal.
A society crew will adorn the Clarke Theatre entrance with more than 1,000 small lights.
Donations of non-perishable food items are being accepted at the event for the MCSS Food Centre.
For more Festival of Light information call Rick Rake at 604-826-3634.