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People dance and eat in the library, but it’s okay as Langley celebrates Diwali

Each year crowds grow for the Diwali celebration at the Muriel Arnason Library.

PHOTO: Folk dancer Hempratap Singh Bhatti took people through various dance steps at the local Diwali celebration Oct. 22. Some of the first to try it out were Township Councillors Kim Richter and Petrina Arnason. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Platters filled with pakora’s, lively music, Bhangra dance lessons and more brought big crowds to the public library Saturday afternoon.

The Muriel Arnason library and the Township the Diwali (Festival of Lights). Thi sis the 13th year for the local celebration.

Diwali, which means “a row of lights,” is the most widely celebrated Indian festival, and marks the victory of good over evil and the beginning of the New Year in India.

Everyone is cordially invited to experience diversity of culture through crafts, face painting, mehndi, Indian music and dance, displays, and treats.

Many in the crowd took the opportunity to try learning some Punjabi folk dance, Bhangra, courtesy of expert dancer Hempratap Singh Bhatti.

The celebration of this festival has a deep meaning and marks the New Year.

In Hindu philosophy, darkness is compared to ignorance and lighting the lamp has significance of losing ignorance and gaining knowledge.

The lighting of Deevas in every house brings brightness and joy and hope of finding light in darkness, achieving knowledge where there is ignorance, and spreading love.

PHOTO: People attending Diwali celebrations at the Muriel Arnason Library could get Mehndi, henna art. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

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