Langley: On Saturday, October 13, Muriel Arnason Library and the Township of Langley celebrated their 15th annual Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Around 550 people participated in this colorful event and enjoyed Henna, crafts, face painting, Indian music and Punjabi folk dance Bhangra, entering the draw, and food in a festive atmosphere. Member of Parliament John Aldag, Councillor Bob Long, Councillor Petrina Arnason, and TOL Libraries Manager David Thiessen were among those who enjoyed the celebrations.
Muriel Arnason Library was filled with people of all ages during the afternoon’s festivities. The Punjabi dance ‘Bhangra’ performances by the Shan E Punjab Arts Club was very entertaining. All ages could choose to have their hands decorated with Mehndi, or henna. Children enjoyed face-painting, painted diyas, or clay lamps, and did a variety of crafts. Henna artist Dimple Rayat did a fabulous job for applying Henna, and Janet Megahi ‘Madam Butterfly’ was amazing in face painting. Everyone enjoyed multicultural food including Samosas, Pakoras, different types of cookies, juices, and coffee. Participants and guests alike were pleased to take part in such a lively and entertaining local event.
At the end of the program, Community Librarian – Supervisor Dr. Sarwan Singh Randhawa thanked the audience, performers, volunteers, and the media. Dr. Randhawa received the standing ovation for 15 successful Diwali events.