Celebrating the Multiculturalism of Canada
LANGLEY: On Saturday, October 22nd, Muriel Arnason Library and the Township of Langley celebrated their 13th annual Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Over 500 people participated in this colorful event and enjoyed Henna, crafts, face painting, Indian music and dance, learning a few steps of Punjabi Folk Dance Bhangra, entering the draw, and food in a festive atmosphere. Honourable Member of Parliament John Aldag, Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese, Councillor Councillor Bob Long, Councillor Charlie Fox, Councillor Kim Richter, Councillor Petrina Arnason, City of Langley Councillor Rudy Storteboom, TOL Cultural Services Manager Peter M. Tulumello, and ISSofBC Manager Bob Gabriel were among those who enjoyed the celebrations. Mayor Jack Froese, Councillor Petrina Arnason, and Councillor Rudy Storteboom conveyed their best wishes to the community for a happy Diwali.
Muriel Arnason Library was filled with people of all ages during the afternoon’s festivities. The participants danced on the Punjabi beats following the easy steps by a professional dancer and Bhangra instructor Hempratap Singh Bhatti. All ages could choose to have their hands decorated with Mehndi, or henna. Children enjoyed face-painting, painted diyas, or clay lamps, and did a variety of crafts. Henna artist Shazia Sehgal did a fabulous job for applying Henna, and Janet Megahi ‘Madam Butterfly’ was amazing in face painting. Everyone enjoyed multicultural food including Samosas, Pakoras, different types of cookies, juices, and coffee. Performers and volunteers were honoured during the festival, and the draw winners were very happy to get beautiful decorated Tiger and the special light-up pens.
Participants and guests alike were pleased to take part in such a lively and entertaining local event. At the end of the program, Community Librarian – Supervisor Dr. Sarwan Singh Randhawa thanked the audience, performers, volunteers, and the media.