Diwali is the most significant festival in India and is celebrated all across the country, so naturally, Diwali here in Monton it is a huge draw for the Indian community. And boy, did we have a crowd. Around 160 attended the function held at the Parc Rotary St-Anselme in Dieppe. A record of sorts. The evening began with a round of Aarti, a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee or camphor offered to one or more deities.
Once that was out of the way, the sell out crowd got entertained by various performances put together by the members, ranging from singing to dancing and even some play acting. The theme for the evening was the “Festivals of India”. The cultural coordinate, Anita, and ex-president Varsha worked tirelessly for weeks to put on a show. And what a show it turned out to be!
Something that would catch everyone eye was the colorful outfits on display. The Indian here in Moncton get very few opportunities to wear traditional clothes, and this was one of the grandest events of them.
Diwali is known to be a festival of light, but the sweets that are associated with the festival are anything but light. (pun intended). And they were out to get you… from Northeast coast of Bengal to the south coast of Tamil Nadu, the sweets most of them home-made would have your mouth watering for weeks.
The evening came to an end by the lakeside, where the crowd gathered later to light lamps / diyas, and of course the fireworks. Diwali 2017 would be remembered for a long time to come.