Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks announced plans to celebrate an even bigger and brighter Diwali Night, presented by TD, on Friday, October 25th at 7:00 PM when the Washington Capitals visit Rogers Arena. Canucks Diwali Night is a themed game now in its third year, honouring Diwali traditions and South Asian culture.
5:00 PM Party on North Plaza: Dhol Drummers & 100 flash mob dancers in traditional dress,
Bollywood-style Canadian anthem,
1st intermission: live musical performance by award-winning Bhangra superstar, Jazzy B,
2nd intermission: DJ BIG musical set (DJ Heer & DJ BIG will headline The SportsBar LIVE! After Party at Rogers Arena).
Concourse: Six complimentary South Asian food sample tables on 100 & 300 level concourses (service begins at 6:30 PM in sections 102, 108, 111, 117, 312, 329).
Section 111: Light the Lamp by TD - celebrate Diwali culture and immerse yourself in an interactive photo wall depicting a lantern market stall before writing a message of prosperity and hanging your own lantern. Enter to win lunch with Assistant Coach and Canucks alumnus, Manny Malhotra at his favourite Indian restaurant in Vancouver.
Section 101: Learn how to dance Bhangra.
Section 103 (Fin's Family Zone): Face painting & colouring station.
The commemoration of Diwali is the festival of lights, widely celebrated around the world and one of the most popular festivals in the South Asian calendar. Diwali is recognized by several 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. Community fireworks displays highlight celebrations and show light's triumph over darkness. Diwali means "row of lighted lamps" with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance.