Diwali is celebrated around the world and is the biggest, brightest and most popular event in the Indian calendar. The word Diwali means “row of lighted lamps”, with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance.
Diwali Fest is an annual South Asian art & cultural festival that marks its 16th year in Vancouver. The festival showcases the best & brightest South Asian talent, through FREE (or very reasonably priced) performances across the city.
The very popular Diwali Downtown happens at the Roundhouse Community Centre (Vancouver) on October 26th. On October 5th, the Diwali Downtown celebrations can be found at Surrey City Hall. Diwali Downtown is a FREE family-friendly extravaganza featuring contemporary & classical Indian culture, live music, dancing, a room-sized rangoli, and delicious cuisine.
Families will also enjoy the Diwali Fest Community Events: from culinary demonstrations at community centres to storytelling sessions at the Vancouver Public Library, and pop-up performances to workshops on rangoli design or Bollywood dancing, each community in the Lower Mainland will have an opportunity to experience the tastes, sights, and sounds of Diwali Fest.