Celebrate Diwali!!
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Celebrate Diwali!!

Written by Library in Library Blog on October 28, 2021

What is Diwali?

Diwali is one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism culture. Diwali lasts for 5 days, “from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvina to the second day of the light half of the lunar month Karttika” (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2021) which usually occurs in late October and November. This year, Diwali is celebrated on November 4, 2021. The name “Diwali” means “row of lights” which comes from the term dipavali in Sanskrit, and the festival symbolizes the victory of light over darkness (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2021).

Learn More

  • Inside Edition produced a quick video describing what Diwali is and how it is celebrated.
  • The Hindu American Foundation has created a list of 5 things to know about Diwali

Articles and Other Resources

Events Vancouver

Diwali Downtown Vancouver : Digital Showcase

  • November 2nd 2-3pm (virtual)
  • Multicultural event featuring South Asian music and dance performances by local artists

Diwali Vancouver Boat Cruise

  • November 6th 3-7pm
  • Ticketed event
  • Boat tour with views of Vancouver which celebrates the Diwali Festival while enjoying food, music, dancing and much more


The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (2021, September 4). Diwali. https://www.britannica.com/topic/New-Year-festival

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