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City of Vaughan to host inaugural Diwali celebration

Diwali comes from a Sanskrit word meaning row of lights
Nov. 13, 2023
Brian Capitao

The City of Vaughan is hosting its first-ever Diwali celebration.

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is a meaningful time for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. It brings families together and represents the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

On Monday, Nov. 20, the City of Vaughan is welcoming the community to Vaughan City Hall to celebrate this event.

The Diwali celebration will feature greetings from Mayor Steven Del Duca, traditional music and dance performances, and complimentary refreshments.

“On behalf of members of council, we look forward to welcoming the community to Vaughan City Hall on Monday, Nov. 20 to celebrate Diwali. It is a special time for Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist communities to gather, reflect on past achievements and embrace the promise of what lies ahead,” said Del Duca in a media release.

Diwali is a five-day celebration observed every year in early autumn after the conclusion of the summer harvest and coincides with the new moon.

“Diwali represents the spiritual triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. For those who celebrate, I wish for a Diwali that brings you and your loved ones happiness, prosperity and joy, and the best of luck in the coming year,” said Del Duca.