2nd Annual Diwali Festival of Lights Entertains All!

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By A Correspondent

The Diwali Festival of Lights took place on a perfect, sunny Sunday, October 25 with amazing performances, yummy eats, contests and prizes and fireworks!

The Great Punjab Business Centre was teeming with families who came out in full force to enjoy the second annual event, that was presented by Lebara. The outdoor mela’s associate sponsor was Brita. After a Saturday awash with rain, attendees enjoyed the sunshine and comparatively warm weather on Sunday as top vendors from the GTA presented their wares.

Musicians from Band Bajha Brass set the mood with their jazz tunes while attendees enjoyed several giveaways and goodies by presenting sponsor Lebara. “As the universal brand for the world’s migrant community, Lebara appreciates the importance of respecting diversity and celebrating cultural events.  We’re proud to support the Spirit of Lights festival in Mississauga and we’d like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Diwali,” said Mr. Yoganathan Ratheesan, Lebara Group’s Chairman and CEO.

Sponsors Brita had a lively memory card game going, which saw patrons win amazing prizes like filtration systems and gorgeous Diwali diyas.

The daylong celebration began on a high note with a Bollywood dance workshop by Sanskriti Arts followed by some foot-stomping performances by singers like Pratik and Shrija, Deep Jandu, Elly Mangat and crowd favourite, Parmjit Hans.

“Diwali is all about spending time with loved ones. So, we wanted to create an event that did just that; from the youngest to the oldest, we wanted people from all walks of life and cultures to come out and spend the day with their family and friends; and celebrate Diwali like we do back home,” said Sanjay Agnihotri, Director, Business Development, Metroland Specialty Markets.

Kids were treated to special gifts at the Disney on Ice booth where one could also buy performance tickets at a discounted rate! While kids also enjoyed face painting, balloon making and bouncy castles, magicians, attendees made a beeline for some yummy treats, courtesy hospitality sponsor, Apna Taste, a division of Samosa and Sweets Factory. YouTube comedian Rupan Bal had the audience in splits with his witty one-liners as he introduced the evening entertainment-a lively Giddha dance team, renowned flautist Jeetu Prakash along with violinist, Natarajan and the martial arts team from AMA Dojo offered a variety of entertainment.

Throughout the day, the event was graced by several political dignitaries, which included, MP- Mississauga-Malton, Navdeep Bains, MP-Brampton East,Raj Grewal, MP-Brampton North, Ruby Sahota, MP-Brampton Centre, Rameshwar Sangha and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Patrick Brown.

As a crisp evening breeze settled in, singing sensation and one of the most popular Punjabi artists, known for her powerful vocals and stage presence, Harmandeep took the stage and blew audiences away with an energetic performance. Audiences were on their feet as headliner, Raj Brar regaled them with some foot-stomping numbers.

While the audience enjoyed tons of stage prizes and giveaways at the event, Balaji Manoharan, EA Lebara Group, came on stage to present the grand prize - an Apple watch to attendee, Rajinder Mangat.

The grand finale was a slick performance by the youngsters of the Shiamak Davar Group (International Canada) who danced to latest Bollywood numbers like “Yeh Shaam Shandaar” and “Gallan Goodiyan” among other hits. The evening ended with a grand fireworks display, sponsored by Coca Cola, that lit up the skies!

As one of the biggest and most popular festivals in the South Asian community, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil.  A time to get together with the entire family, the Festival of Lights was the perfect weekend celebration!

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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