Diwali was celebrated in Mission with a colourful event befitting of a celebration of light.
A Diwali event was held last Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Clarke Theatre.
The event was free but money was raised for the Mission Rotary Club.
Mission’s Diwali was adapted from, and closely followed, the most popular festival celebrated in India. Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
This year’s festival featured classical and folk Indian dances, plus other musical and dance entertainment produced and presented by local youth dance schools.
“The Festival of Lights is all about bringing the community together to embrace our diversity,” said one of the organizers, Satti Grewal. “Diwali highlights the unique cultural roots of our Indian community and gives Mission a chance to experience our right traditions.”
The festival was organized by Grewal, and sponsored by the Mission Punj-Aab Cultural Club and SUMR Productions.
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, usually falls in either October or November as its date is based on the Hindu lunar calendar.
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. It celebrates victory of good over evil and light over darkness.