SFU Diwali Gala and VIBC


Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights," is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated annually in autumn. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Diwali has special importance to the Sikh community as it coincides with the release of the 6th guru, Guru Hargobind, from imprisonment by Emperor Jahangir in 1619.  

Guru Hargobind negotiated the release of 52 imprisoned princes along with him, and Sikhs celebrated the return of their guru by lighting up the Golden Temple in Amrtisar – a tradition that continues until today.

On Tuesday, October 21, SFU is hosting a special Diwali Gala at the Crown Palace Banquet Hall in Surrey. VIBC is the entertainment partner for the event, which includes South Asian dancers and musicians, as well as a performance by SFU alumna Simran Sidhu, who recently won Omni TV’s Bollywood Star competition. Also taking part is a group of SFU alumni, who will share stories of their involvement with Destiny Reflections, a program based in Kolkata, India, that aims to economically empower survivors of human trafficking and women at high risk of exploitation.

Like VIBC, SFU is dedicated to creating a more inclusive society through the dynamic integration of innovative education, experience, and wide-ranging community engagement. We are thrilled have this opportunity to work with SFU on such a significant event, and look forward to creating more opportunities for partnership in future.

To purchase tickets, please call 778.782.9426 or visit www.sfu.ca/invite/diwali asap. See you there!

Photo: Diwali candles, courtesy Google images


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  • commented 2015-10-15 22:18:16 -0700
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