DIWALI: Event listings for Vancouver and Surrey celebrations

Published: November 7, 2012

Kytami performs at Vancouver Celebrates Diwali. Submitted photo

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

Vancouver Celebrates Diwali

Nov. 10: Diwali Downtown, Roundhouse Community Centre, 3 – 8 p.m.

Performers:

  • Chania Chokries – Vancouver’s newest garba team
  • Merlyn Prakash – Bollywood dancer
  • PANJ Girls Bhangra – All-girls Bhangra team
  • Sangeeta Maruti Arts – Vocal-percussion ensemble
  • Diwali fusion – Amika Kushwaha & Cassius Khan: Kathak dancer and tabla player
  • Diwali fusion – LAPIS: Hip-hop and Indian classical sitar
  • Diwali fusion – Kathak and Flamenco combo: Kathak dancers Anita Sharma and Seema Manji with Flamenco guitarist Rod Malkin
  • Diwali fusion – DJ A-SLAM and Kytami: Electronic DJ and violist-extremist
  • Vancity Bhangra – All-men Bhangra dance team
  • Shiamak’s Bollywood dance team – Vancouver’s best-known Bollywood dance team
  • Sticks ‘N’ Skins -International drum group

Surrey does Diwali

  • Nov. 8: Crown Palace Banquet Hall – SFU Diwali Celebration, reception starts 5:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 13: Newton Pool: ‘Join us in the lobby for a celebration': coffee, tea and water, sweets, food and dancing
  • Nov. 13: Diwali celebration at Laxmi Narayan Mandir Hindu Temple, 8321 140th St., Surrey, B.C., singers, fireworks
  • Nov. 13: Bandi-chor diwas celebration: Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, 1050 – 120th St., Surrey, B.C., free kitchen, celebrations and fireworks
  • Nov. 17/18 Newton Pool: ‘Come & celebrate poolside:’ games, Indian music, arts & crafts, 1–4 p.m

Countdown to Diwali

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An artisan poses with earthenware oil pots or diyas ahead of Diwali in Hyderabad on Nov. 6, 2012. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in demand during the festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

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