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Celebrate light over darkness

More than 500 people are expected at a Diwali celebration in Surrey next week to mark the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness.

Diwali is recognized world-wide, marking the beginning of the South Asian new year. A typical celebration might include the lighting of candles or diyas, displaying fresh flowers, exchanging cards and gifts, buying new clothes, meeting new and old friends, and offering traditional sweets.

Trinjan - The Punjabi Folk is once again organizing the local event, which will feature appetizers, a buffet dinner and entertainment, and will double as a celebration of Eid, a thanksgiving day for Muslims.

However, the afternoon will also be an opportunity for young people to think about the importance of education and future careers. There will be information booths about universities and colleges set up and the president of the University of British Columbia, Professor Stephen Toope will speak about the importance of post-secondary education and UBC’s mandate to build bridges with the South Asian community.

Top high school students in Surrey will also be honoured.The Diwali/Eid celebration will take place Nov. 18, 2 p.m. at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, 8166 128 St. Tickets are $25. For further information, call Amy Ghuman Sara at 604-612-4586.

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