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  • December 4, 2015

    Exposure: Eid-Diwali-Christmas Celebration

    This past Saturday, the Canada India Friendship Association held its annual Eid-Diwali-Christmas Celebration at Knox United Church. Vibrant colours and aromatic spices filled the church as hundreds of guests celebrated with music, dance, food and friendship. Diwali, a Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated every autumn and is one of the largest festivals in India. The festival spiritually signifies the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. It is also well represented in the small prairie city of Brandon. Here is a selection of images from the event.

  • Aesha Patel is reflected in a mirror while applying lipstick prior to performing during the Eid-Diwali-Christmas celebration.

    Aesha Patel is reflected in a mirror while applying lipstick prior to performing during the Eid-Diwali-Christmas celebration.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Guests socialize and watch performances during the event.

    Guests socialize and watch performances during the event.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Jaspreet Khela performs a Punjabi folk dance during the celebration.

    Jaspreet Khela performs a Punjabi folk dance during the celebration.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Priyamvada Arun enjoys pakoras, samosas, chana masala and other delicious Indian dishes catered by local Indian restaurant The Chilli Chutney.

    Priyamvada Arun enjoys pakoras, samosas, chana masala and other delicious Indian dishes catered by local Indian restaurant The Chilli Chutney.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Young women wait backstage to perform.

    Young women wait backstage to perform.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Thirteen-year-old Shashvat Varma is framed by a Nilavilakku, a traditional lamp, as he performs both the Canadian and Indian national anthems on the flute at the beginning of the Eid-Diwali-Christmas celebration.

    Thirteen-year-old Shashvat Varma is framed by a Nilavilakku, a traditional lamp, as he performs both the Canadian and Indian national anthems on the flute at the beginning of the Eid-Diwali-Christmas celebration.   (Tim Smithy/Brandon Sun)

  • Women perform a prayer dance around candles and a Nilavilakku, a traditional oil lamp, at the beginning of the event.

    Women perform a prayer dance around candles and a Nilavilakku, a traditional oil lamp, at the beginning of the event.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Absorbed guests watch a performance from their seats.

    Absorbed guests watch a performance from their seats.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Women perform a dance during the celebration, which is also known as the Festival of Lights.

    Women perform a dance during the celebration, which is also known as the Festival of Lights.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • The Brandon Ukulele Club was invited to perform.

    The Brandon Ukulele Club was invited to perform.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Nine-year-old Karmandeep Malhotra performs a Bollywood solo dance on stage for the hundreds of guests.

    Nine-year-old Karmandeep Malhotra performs a Bollywood solo dance on stage for the hundreds of guests.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Men and women dance and laugh during a large floor dance at the end of the Eid-Diwali-Christmas celebration.

    Men and women dance and laugh during a large floor dance at the end of the Eid-Diwali-Christmas celebration.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

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