Hindu festival of lights Diwali will be celebrated with professional fireworks display in Canada’s city of London (Ontario) this year, reportedly for the first time.
Besides fireworks in Virginia Park; elaborate Diwali celebrations in London on November 17 will include Lakshmi puja, bhajans, quiz on Ramayan with costumes and settings, rangoli competition, mithai exchange, diya painting competition, full course dinner, music, entertainment and dancing.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended the London Diwali organizers for keeping the heritage and traditions alive. It was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, added.
“We had to go through hoops to get licenses/permits/insurance from city, fire and police officials and get sponsorship to do fireworks which is tightly regulated in Canada, for safety reasons”, Vinod Varapravan, one of the members of the organizing team, says and adds that purpose of the event is to restore fun & symbols back into our festivals, otherwise our younger generations will tune off.
Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.