Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks announced today further details for their celebration of Diwali Night on November 2nd when they host the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena.
Popular activities in the South Asian culture will be featured throughout the evening including diyas painting, henna stations, and Rangoli artwork demonstrations on the concourse. Fans can taste South Asian desserts and traditional appetizers provided by Surrey-based Shahi Catering on level 100 and 300 concourses before puck drop or while quantities last. Highlighting the Canucks Diwali celebration includes a live musical performance by award-winning Bhangra superstar, Jazzy B.
This is the Canucks second themed game celebrating South Asian culture. Last season, the club honoured the contributions of South Asians to the game and hockey culture which included a special ceremonial puck drop by the NHL's first player of Indian descent, Robin Bawa.
The commemoration of Diwali is the festival of lights, widely celebrated by South Asians around the world. Diwali is celebrated by a number of South Asian faiths, including Hinduism and Sikhism (Bandi Chhor Divas). During this time, houses are decorated with traditional diyas (candles) and Rangoli artworks (patterns on the ground created by coloured rice or powder).
Diwali encourages a strong sense of unity with communities sharing food and gifts among friends, family, and those in need. Fireworks displays are also presented in the community to highlight celebrations and show light triumph over darkness. Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in the South Asian calendar. Diwali means "row of lighted lamps" with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance.