St. John’s to celebrate Indian feast

St. John’s Anglican Church will celebrate the Indian “festival of lights,” traditionally known as “Dewali,” on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m., complete with an authentic East Indian buffet.
Dewali, meaning “rows of lighted lamps,” traditionally was a five-day festival but today often is celebrated just one day (in either October or November).
It commemorates the homecoming of Lord Rama, with his wife, Sita, after spending 14 years in exile. Upon his return, the citizens welcomed him with singing, dancing, and even colourful fireworks.
During Dewali, candles and lamps are lit and shine brightly in every home. The lights symbolize knowledge and encourage us to reflect upon the meaning of life.
Dewali, which means as much to Hindus as Christmas does to Christians, also is a time to exchange gifts and share in festive meals.
A vast array of Indian cuisine will be served—some mild, some hot, and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
Tickets for this all-you-can-eat buffet are $15 each, which may be purchased in advance by calling Sarah Gervais at 274-5872.
So mark your calendar and plan to join us. All are welcome!
You also are welcome to come in traditional Indian dress if you wish.

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