Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in the South Asian subcontinent. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is a day symbolizing the spiritual victory of light over darkness; or of good over evil. While a host of religious traditions and ceremonies are held on this day, many also celebrate it through other means like new home decor, new clothing, bursting firecrackers, hosting parties and family dinners, and so much more. It is a time when the streets in South Asia are alive and bursting with lights and lamps; families are bonding over gifts, music, sweets and religious traditions.

This can also be a time when many of us South Asians living abroad can truly feel homesick and long to be back home celebrating with loved ones. However, with the immigrant South Asian community thriving here in the GTA, there is never a lack of things to do that would make you feel close to home during this festival season. From delectable Indian sweets to creating elaborate rangoli designs, watching the sky light up with fireworks to shopping for the most beautiful clothing, here are a few ideas we at SHE Canada bring to you to celebrate this Diwali in style.

  • Light up your home with candles and fairy lights. For an ambiance that hits closer to home, shop for diyas at your local South Asian grocery store and place them all over,  including your front door. You could also light some soothing sandalwood incense for your home.
  • Create some of these beautiful yet easy rangoli designs with your friends and family using affordable colored powder, flower petals or even rice.

     
  • Indulge in brand new South Indian attire to bring you into the mood from any of these fabulous design houses located here in the GTA:
    1. Chandan Fashion Toronto. http://www.chandanfashion.ca/
    2. Poppy Lane Toronto. https://www.poppylane.ca/
  • Revamp your home decor and add a little personal touch with Rang Home Decor in Toronto. http://www.ranghomedecor.com/
  • Diwali is always incomplete without your favourite sweets and snacks. Head over to some of these sweet and snack shops for some amazing deals on your purchase:
    1. A1 Sweets in Scarborough, ON
    2. Samosa Sweet Factory in Toronto, ON
    3. New India Sweets and Restaurant in Mississauga, ON
    4. Brar's Grand in Brampton, ON

  • Attend and perform the several Diwali prayers and religious traditions at one of the many temples located around the GTA.
  • Celebrate at several local community parties hosted. Have you booked your tickets for the 2018 Diwali Night at Scarborough? Grab your friends and family, dress up in your finest Indian attire and get your party shoes on for a night filled with music, food, raffle prizes and lots of dancing. Click here for more information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/diwali-night-6478826666-infodiwali2018ca-tickets-50574250946?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
  • Host a Diwali party in the comfort of your own home and with the friends and family, you are most comfortable with. Make it a private affair or make it a bash; whatever it may be celebrated in style as you ring in the good in your lives and home.
Enjoy!