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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Canton Township To Host “Diwali Festival of Lights” Community Celebration

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Area residents are invited to experience “Canton’s Diwali Festival of Lights Community Celebration,” a special event that is being held in the festive tradition of India that celebrates the triumph of good over evil on Friday, October 22, 2021, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Heritage Park Amphitheater, located behind the Canton Administration Building at 1150 S. Canton Center Road in Canton, MI. 

Canton Leisure Services is partnering with several community groups to host this special event, which is an Indian cultural celebration of lights that symbolizes the “victory of light over darkness.”  This event, primarily sponsored by miindia.com, is free and open to all community members to learn and celebrate together. 

Program activities will include: Indian cultural performances, music, and dancing, as well as a children’s activity.  Indian snacks from Authentikka and Henna will also be available on-site for an additional fee. 

 “We are excited to host this special celebration as a tribute to the diversity and multicultural fabric of the Canton community,” said Laura Mortier, Recreation Supervisor. “By presenting this type of event, we hope to foster a deeper understanding and awareness of this 10,000-year-old Indian tradition, which for many who attend may be their first opportunity to experience the Indian culture.” 

Diwali is perhaps the most well-known Indian festival. The word Diwali means ‘rows of lighted lamps’ and is known as the festival of lights because houses, shops, and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas. 

There is no admission fee to attend this outdoor event and parking is also free. Canton’s Diwali Festival of Lights Community Celebration is a weather-dependent event and will be cancelled in the event of rain or inclement weather. For more information about this Canton community celebration, visit www.cantonfun.org or call 734/394-5460.