Christmas is a universal celebration. Unfortunately, during the past few years, the political correctness has dampened this celebration somewhat. We celebrate other festivals like Diwali, Chinese New Year, Eid, Nav Roz, Rosh Hashanah and Vaisakhi with a great deal of enthusiasm regardless of our faith, culture and background.
"Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright, Round yon virgin Mother and Child, Holy infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace."
My spiritual beliefs transcend the boundaries of any one religion, but I've always celebrated Christmas.
University of the Fraser Valley student Anecia Gill, accompanied by students from Abbotsford Dance Centre, had another successful performance recently at the Diwali show at the Clarke Theatre, hosted by Mission Community Services.
The use of fireworks is still a major concern and illegal in our communities. In Abbotsford, more than 50 pounds were seized during Halloween by Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service.
OK, it's time. Let's just get it over with. Change is a constant and most things need to be tweaked or spruced up every decade, century, millennium or so just to keep them current. The Mona Lisa and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel have been restored to the their former glory, the Statue of Liberty was rebuilt from the inside out and the Leaning Tower of Pisa underwent major corrective surgery to prevent it from becoming the Rubble Pile of Pisa.
Students at Westridge Elementary spent last Friday celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
Re: "Crack down on Diwali," the Now letters, Nov. 20.
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As important in India as Christmas is in North America, Diwali was celebrated for the sixth time at the Maple Ridge Library on Saturday.
. Movies for Mommies is starting at the Hollywood Cinema in Pitt Meadows. Doors open at 10: 30 a.m. Movie starts at 11: 30 a.m. Tickets are $8. Babies are free.
While preparing for the upcoming Diwali celebrations in the library these past weeks, I have been thinking about all the great Indian movies we have in our collection.
I have read the reports concerning the distribution of New Testaments and/or Bibles by the Gideons and must state I am very disturbed by the bias shown by some in the public education system.
Diwali - I sit here in my kitchen watching and listening to the "war" of fireworks being lit off around our house.
. Maple Ridge Library presents Lagaan, Part 1 (India, 2001) as part of its World Film Series at 6 p.m. The last film in the series is on Nov. 20.
Rivers fine dining Nov. 13 - 28, enjoy fine dining with UFV Culinary Arts students for a four-course prix fixe gourmet menu by UFV's cooks-in-training, Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the Rivers Dining Room - Trades and Technology Centre, 5579 Tyson Rd., Chilliwack, at 6 p.m. For reservations call 604-847-5404 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a short, simple and hopefully informative look into what, why and how Diwali is celebrated by most South Asians in the Lower Mainland area.
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Happy Diwali! At Clear-brook Library, information services librarian Balbir Gill begins planning the annual Diwali festival months in advance.