By engaging in these familiar cultural activities, through dance, games, music and food, residents will have an opportunity to connect with the past and experience a sense of community. These activities will promote social interaction and will also be an occasion to share these cultural experiences with residents of different ethnic backgrounds.
What is DIWALI? Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere. It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and recently Sindh Province in Pakistan. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
This year it is being celebrated on Thursday October 19th
ANTAKSHRI also known as Anthyakshari is a spoken parlor game played in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Each contestant sings the first verse of a song (usually a Bollywood song) that begins with the Hindustani consonant on which the previous contestant's song selection ended. The game can be played by two or more people and is popular as a group activity. The first singer has to sing two complete lines and then s/he may stop at the end of those or following lines. The last Hindi letter of the last word sung is then used by the next singer to sing another song, starting with that letter. The winner or winning team is decided by a process of elimination. The person or team that cannot come up with a song with the right consonant is eliminated if their opponents can produce such a song.
RANGOLI is an art form from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali and other Indian festivals. Designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. The purpose of rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck..