The United Way and the India Canada Association of Calgary are coming together to celebrate Diwali on Thursday, Nov. 14. The name can be roughly translated as “rows of lighted lamps,” so it should come as no surprise that it is marked by people lighting lamps in their homes.

That tradition can be easily transplanted to Calgary from India, but other aspects of the festival are a little harder to adhere to in a Canadian winter. For example, just try finding fresh mango leaves to decorate doors and windows.

Fortunately for those who attend the event, the food associated with Diwali will be present in all its quantity and variety. Those who plan on attending should try to come hungry.

In the finest multicultural fashion, the Diwali celebration is being held at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St. S.W.). The event is scheduled to run from 5-9 p.m., and the fun includes henna hand painting, Bollywood dance lessons and cultural performances.

Tickets are $12 (kids under five, get in and eat for free), and can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit the India Canada Association’s website.

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