Diwali at 4 Wing

A dancer performs Bharatnatyam, a classical Indian dance, during the Lakeland Multicultural Association’s Diwali event at 4 Wing Cold Lake on Saturday Nov. 10, 2018. Christopher King

A dancer performs Bharatnatyam, a classical Indian dance, during the Lakeland Multicultural Association’s Diwali event at
4 Wing Cold Lake on Saturday Nov. 10,
2018.
Christopher King

The Lakeland Multicultural Association’s Diwali event was opened with David Yurdiga, MP Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, lighting a ceremonial candle on Saturday Nov. 10, 2018 at the 4 Wing MFRCS. Christopher King

The Lakeland Multicultural Association’s Diwali event was opened with David Yurdiga, MP Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, lighting a ceremonial candle on Saturday Nov. 10, 2018 at the 4 Wing MFRCS.
Christopher King

CHRISTOPHER KING

4 Wing Cold Lake was bursting with culture last weekend during the Lakeland Multicultural Association’s (LMA) first official event. On Saturday Nov. 10, 2018, the LMA celebrated Diwali, an annual Indian festival which takes place in the fall season and is typically celebrated with fireworks, candles, food, and gifts.

Anmol Bansal, founding member of the LMA, said the association was founded in the spring of 2018, and is pleased with the turnout at their first event.

“It’s our first event and looking at the response from people we really appreciate the Cold Lake community and Lakeland community,” Bansal said. “We have guests, from Cold Lake, Bonnyville, Meadow Lake, St. Paul.”

The event started with a ceremonial lighting of a diya, which is a candle typically made with a cotton wick in clarified butter or oil.

After the candle was lit, the event displayed dances from various geographical and cultural regions of India.

“Diwali is the biggest festival in India,” Bansal said. “It’s a festival of light, and joy and families getting together.”

Although diwali is a Hindu festival, aspects of the celebration are still observed by many religions and by many cultures around the world that share a cultural ancestry with India or Hinduism.

“The LMA had a great evening of celebrations featuring traditional dance performances of Bharatanatyam and Kathak by Usha Kala Niketan, and Bhangra and Giddha by Punjabi Folk Dance Academy.

In addition, the event also featured the performance by the local group Cold Lake Cloggers, and an instrumental music piece by Cold Lake’s very own Zachary Moon,” Bansal said. “These performances were a fascinating experience in Indian art forms and presented a fantastic fusion with Western art forms as well.”

The LMA’s next event is Nov. 25, called Mosaic, and is a free event at the Energy Centre from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Different cultures will bring something unique which separates them and defines them from other cultures,” Bansal said. “We are doing this with a lot of Lakeland community grants and sponsorships.”

Visit facebook.com/LMAColdLake for more details.