Last Friday (November 13), three programs at Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) worked in collaboration and hosted a beautiful free event for the celebration of this year’s Diwali.
ISC clients and staff joined online for a series of diverse programs. Participants learnt about Diwali festival, why it’s celebrated and fun trivia about Diwali. In addition, they enjoyed the following wonderful performances:
- Demonstration of the Rangoli art
- Bhajan (devotional songs among Indian regions)
- Ghoomer dance (traditional folk dance)
- Santoor (an Iranian musical instrument)
- Chinese dance
- Carnatic classical song
Check out some of the snapshots:
A few quick facts about Diwali:
- Diwali (festival of lights) is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.
- Diwali is a five-day celebration during the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar.
- As Kartika usually falls onto October and November of the Western calendar, this year’s Diwali was on November 14.
The celebration of Diwali looks different this year, but the idea remains the same:
Light will always vanquish darkness, hope will always triumph over despair, and knowledge will always conquer ignorance.
Last Friday’s Diwali celebration was a joint initiative by the Cross-Cultural Adaptation Program (CCAP), Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) and the iCANS Program. It’s also worth mentioning that this beautiful event wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support from our amazing clients.
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Word of the Day:Vanquish: to defeat completely