Celebrate Diwali in Canada
Finally, it is that time of the year when we welcome the biggest Indian festival – ‘Diwali’. One of the most significant festivals in India, Diwali is rightly called as the ‘Festival of Lights’. It’s a two-day celebration that includes fireworks, candles, lights, special earthen pot lamps, sweets, festivities and much more!
The festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness. Celebrated by Indians across the world, Diwali is the biggest, brightest, and most popular and awaited festival in the Indian calendar.
People spend this day with their family and friends by lighting diyas, laying out colorful designs by coloured powder called rangolis, setting up fireworks, exchanging gifts or sweets and celebrating with dance, and music.
Indians in Canada also celebrate this festival with full passion and devotion. The temples in Canada are also decorated and are open to all for the prayers.
Temples to visit in the lower mainland
- Lakshmi Narayan Mandir,
8321 140 St, Surrey, BC V3W 5K9
- Hare Krishna Temple,
5462, Marine Drive, Burnaby
Shop at Payal Business Center this Diwali
Payal Business Center in Surrey is the best place to shop for Diwali. It is located at 128th Street & 82nd Ave in Surrey. It has a lot of shops and showrooms for jewellery and ethnic or traditional Indian garments all of a kind, especially for Hindu festivities shopping. It is conveniently located and has a market which resembles a mini-Punjab or mini-India.
There are various Indian sweet shops as well making this place a must visit around Indian festivals especially on such festivals.
Diwali events in Surrey
Let us check out some major events happening in and around the city of Vancouver at Diwali.
- Diwali Gala 2022
Enjoy this event with majestic celebration of grand Bollywood songs and dance. Suitable for all age groups, as children can play fun games and win amazing prizes. Complimented with mouth-watering Indian dinner.
Ticket price – 12+ years – 35$
Kids 5-12 years- 25$
Date & Time: Fri, Oct 21, 4:00–10:00 p.m.
Venue: Khanna Banquet Hall & Catering Ltd., Surrey
Diwali Downtown Vancouver
You can also enjoy Diwali festivities in Vancouver where you can enjoy live music and dance performances ft. Canadian South Asian artists. You can make beautiful Rangolis, paint your own Diya (clay lamp) and get a festive Henna design. Food Trucks will be there at the location, and you can also roam around mini-Diwali market, a fun place for the entire family!
Date & Time: Sun, Oct 23, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Venue: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
- Mega Diwali Show
Enjoy the sparkling lights show, traditional Diwali activities, and a festive cultural entertainment program all packed up for your entertainment. At this event, you can expect to enjoy the lavish and delicious traditional Indian cuisine as well! So, don’t miss this one! Take your friends and family with you!
Date & Time: October 29, 2022, 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
- Diwali Fest
Vancouver Public Library is also organizing a public fest where people from all age groups can enjoy live music, dance performances and storytelling!
Date & Time: Friday, October 21st, 2022, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Central Library, Address:
350 West Georgia St.
Vancouver V6B 6B1
- Diwali Boat Party Vancouver 2022
If you want to do something different this Diwali, then you may consider this option. Enjoy Diwali on a boat with your friends and family. Admire views of Vancouver skyline as you sail past landmarks like Science World, through False Creek and English Bay into the inner harbour.
Date & Time: Saturday, Oct 22, 2022
Boarding starts at: 8:00 PM
Boat Leaves at: 8.30 PM (with or without you)
Re-Dock at: 11.30 PM
8:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Ticket Price: $65CAD per person
Location: Burrard Queen
760 Pacific Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7
Click here, to book the tickets.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favourite ethnic Indian wear and get all set to celebrate Diwali this year with your family and friends.
Canada International Student Magazine wishes you all a very Happy Diwali! May this Diwali bring happiness and prosperity to all!