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Indians Celebrate Cultural Holiday Diwali Mela

October 25, 2010 11:49 PM | Entertainment

By Sarah Klein

Indian dancers performs at the Winnipeg Convention during Diwali Mela on Saturday, October 23, 2010. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Roughly 5,000 people packed the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Saturday during Diwali Mela, an annual Indian tradition to represent the highlight of the lunar year — also known as the “Festival of Lights.”

The around the clock festivities celebrate the inner light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness.

Great food was served all night long and attendees were encouraged to bring a donation for Winnipeg Harvest to help the local food bank.

Mayor Sam Katz even took part in the fun, while Premier Greg Selinger offered an address via video screen. CBC’s Marcy Markusa was the emcee for the evening.

The event was put on by the Hindu Society of Manitoba as a way of showcasing their culture and exquisite cuisine.