A symbol of peace and goodness in White Rock

Diwali festival brings multicultural delights to waterfront in day-long community event

Diwali is all about the victory of light over darkness.

And a multicultural mix of live music and dance, vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, ethnic clothing from many traditions – plus a fireworks display – will light up Marine Drive’s West Beach waterfront as White Rock’s Festival of Lights: Diwali Integration returns for a third year this Saturday (Oct. 1).

The city and sponsor-supported free public event, which will will be staged at 14970 Marine Drive (adjacent to the pier and White Rock Museum and Archives), starts with opening ceremonies at noon, will offer a full line-up of multi-cultural entertainment on the mainstage by the museum throughout the festival, with a fireworks display scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Dignitaries attending are expected to include South Surrey-White Rock MP Dianne Watts, B.C. community, sport and cultural development minister Peter Fassbender, Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux, and White Rock’s Mayor Wayne Baldwin and Coun. Helen Fathers.

Diwali, which originated in India as a Hindu festival of ceremonial candle-lighting to  symbolize the victory of good over evil – has evolved into an international celebration that brings many cultures together to express their mutual wish to promote peace and foster good deeds.

Over the past three years, the festival’s presenter, White Rock’s International Community Celebration Society, chaired by well-known community organizer Moti Bali, has particularly emphasized the multicultural aspect of the city’s Diwali celebration, underlining it with the slogan “White Rock Welcomes The World.”

Starting in 2014 with a festival that drew some 50,000 spectators and participants throughout the day, the celebration increased its reach to some 100,000 people in 2015.

The shortage of parking on Marine Drive  – often an inhibitor for those contemplating attending events on the waterfront – should not prevent families from enjoying the festival, Bali said.

“This year, just as last year, the Semiahmoo First Nation is providing free parking at its parking lot at Semiahmoo Park on East Beach, and there will be a trolley bus bus service to West Beach from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m,” he said.

A special launch event for festival volunteers will be held Friday, 4-6 p.m. at the White Rock Community Centre, featuring a lighting ceremony, Indian foods and beverages and demonstrations of Bhangra dancing and various martial arts skills.

 

Just Posted

Surrey’s new Age-Well hub receives $3.5M in government funding

Hub is meant to drive development of healthy tech solutions to support healthy aging: SFU

Surrey public event to explore transition from RCMP to city police force

Surrey Board of Trade continuing its ‘Hot Topic Dialogue Series’ with this issue, on Tuesday Jan. 29

Dancer gives props to Surrey school program for allowing him to leap to world stage

North Surrey grad Bynh Ho in ‘Loop, Lull’ show at Vancouver’s PuSh festival

KidSport’s Nite of Champions to honour championship Coastal FC squad

Annual South Surrey event will feature Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green as keynote speaker

Surrey RCMP investigating alleged ‘stranger assault’ in Tynehead area

Police say a 14-year-old girl was walking home from school at the time of the incident

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Manure company causing ‘toxic’ stink at Abbotsford school seeks permit

Property across from King Traditional Elementary cannot operate manure facility without permit

North Delta happening: week of Jan. 17

Events, courses and clubs listings for North Delta

Most Read