Come and celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights) with the Asian Library, with the support of the Department of Asian Studies.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
11:00 am to 11:30 am
Virtual event! Please register at https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/diwali2020.
Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated festival in India and throughout the Indian diaspora. It is celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day), it usually takes place at the end of October or the first week of November. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. The festival celebration, which typically lasts from five to seven days, is celebrated by several South Asian Communities, and by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with diyas, candles as well as colourful lights, and they share gifts and recite prayers.
The event will be virtual this year. Everyone is cordially invited to experience the diversity of South Asian culture through music and dance performances.