SYDNEY, N.S. — Shiny colors, scrumptious sweets and spending time with family members is how Diwali is widely known in India.
Celebrated by Hindus, Shiks and Jains, Diwali actually means “row of lights” and is without doubt one of the largest holidays celebrated by Indians at dwelling and all over the world.
The origin of the competition is totally different relying on the area in India, nonetheless, there’s a constant theme: victory over evil or discovering the sunshine within the darkness. Diwali is believed to be one of many oldest festivals celebrated on the planet.
Dates for Diwali change every year as a result of it goes by the Indian calendar. For 2021, Diwali falls on Nov. 4 however the celebration typically lasts for 5 days.
Since a minimum of 2017, Cape Breton College has hosted Diwali occasions serving to the ever-growing Indian scholar inhabitants really feel a style of dwelling of their new dwelling.
For 2021, CBU Diwali celebrations happened from Nov. 1-4 and featured a flash mob bhangra dance efficiency, Mehndi (henna) hand portray and a vogue present that includes conventional Indian clothes from totally different areas of the nation.
“It is like exhibiting happiness to everybody,” stated Anil Kumar Venugopal Vamer from Mumbai, India who moved to Canada in September.
“It feels very nice to be distant from the nation however nonetheless be having fun with the competition with individuals from totally different cultures.”
Ramadeep Kaur from Punjab was one of many Mehndi artists doing henna tattoos without cost at CBU’s The Pit Lounge.
“As we’re not in our personal nation it is not the identical, however we nonetheless can rejoice,” stated Kaur who moved to Cape Breton in February.
Charvi Gambhir, from Delhi, was an emcee on the vogue present held on Tuesday. Having Diwali celebrations on campus was necessary to her.
“We’re distant from our households for Diwali, however with the celebrations at CBU it means I can rejoice with my new CBU household,” she stated.
“That’s the neatest thing I can consider. I really feel a lot at dwelling. It’s so heat and welcoming right here.”
Nonetheless, as soon as the worldwide college students graduate from CBU, there have been no huge Diwali celebrations within the CBRM. That was till this yr.
This hole was acknowledged by a bunch of CBU graduates from India who began AG Occasions and are throwing their first Diwali occasion on Friday.
Diwali by the Water is going down on the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. From 9/11 p.m. are dance and music performances from totally different areas in India. After that it is DJ Glyde, who has carried out on the Capri Membership in Sydney and in Halifax, enjoying present hits from India and all over the world.
It’s an all-ages occasion with a 19 and over VIP part.
Gunny Brar, one of many founders of AG Occasions and former CBU College students’ Union president, stated their objective is to make use of occasions like Diwali celebrations to encourage immigration to Cape Breton.
“The issue that we’re going through is that a whole lot of worldwide college students who wish to keep do not find yourself staying as a result of there’s not sufficient holding them there. You’ll be able to go to Halifax, you’ll be able to go to Toronto and there is at all times one thing taking place,” Brar defined.
Greater than two months in the past, Brar and his AG Occasions companions met with Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Amanda McDougall concerning the Diwali occasion, then with MLA Derek Mombourquette. Each gave their help to the occasion which kickstarted the planning.
Brar stated their objective is to finally have a yearly occasion as huge as P.E.I.’s Cavendish nation music competition, that includes Indian and worldwide music and dance, drawing spectators to go to and immigrants to remain in Cape Breton.
Up to now, ticket gross sales to Diwali by the Water are going higher than anticipated, with virtually all the VIP tables bought out. There aren’t any 10 particular person VIP tables out there and only some five-person tables which price $300.
Common admission prices $25 per particular person prematurely and $30 on the door, which opens at 8:30 p.m.
Nicole Sullivan is an immigration/range and schooling reporter for the Cape Breton Submit.