Events

Holi

Story:There is a symbolic legend to explain why holi is well celebrated as a colour fest. The word "Holi" originates from "Holika", the evil sister of demon king Hiranyakashipu.
King Hiranyakashipu had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible.
The special powers blinded him, he grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worshiped only him. Hiranyakashipu's own son, Prahlada, however, disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Vishnu.
This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right.
Finally, Holika - Prahlada's evil aunt - tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her.
Holika was wearing a cloak (shawl) that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada. Holika burned, Prahlada survived. Vishnu appeared and killed Hiranyakashipu.
The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, of fire that burned Holika. The day after Holika bonfire is celebrated as Holi.

Address and Time

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (6 PM to 12 AM)
Location: 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd, Mississauga, ON, L5A 3R8,

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6:00 PM to 7:30 PM – Meet, Greet & Dinner
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Cultural Program
9:30 PM to 9:45 PM – Tea Break
9:45 PM to 12:00 AM – Raas Garba & Sanedo


Picnic

Story:A picnic is an excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors (al fresco or en plein air), ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake or with an interesting view and possibly at a public event such as before an open air theatre performance, and usually in summer. Descriptions of picnics show that the idea of a meal that was jointly contributed and was enjoyed out-of-doors were essential to a picnic from the early 19th century.

Address and Time

Saturday, July 14, 2018 (10 AM to 7 PM)
Location:13190 Woodbine Ave., Gormley ON, L0H 1G0
Simeon Park-Phone: 905-888-1648
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11 AM to 1 PM – Lunch (Mix Bhajia and Tea, For Kids: Bagel and Cream cheese)
1 PM to 3 PM – Games for everybody
3 PM to 4 PM – Snacks and Watermelon
4 PM to 6 PM - Group activities
6 PM to 7 PM – Dinner (Khichadi, Butter Milk, Pickle …etc, For Kids: Pizza)
Note:Please bring your own soft drinks. The park has hiking, swimming, volleyball, table tennis and other outdoor facilities.


POTLUCK PICNIC:

Story: A potluck is a gathering where each guest contributes a different and unique dish of food, often homemade, to be shared.

Address and Time

Saturday, August 18, 2018 (10:00 AM to 7:00 PM)
Location:Queenston Heights Park- 14184 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0.
https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/nature-garden/queenston-heights/

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Everyone is invited to have fun as a group.
The Samaj will cover picnic area rent. Members to bring own food, water and drinks.

Diwali

Story:Diwali or Divali also known as Deepavali and the "festival of lights",
is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness,
knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period,
but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest,
new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika.
In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes and offices.
On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles)
inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi –
the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
After puja, fireworks follow,then a family feast including mithai (sweets),
and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.
Diwali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.

Address and Time

Saturday, November 17, 2018 (6 PM to 12 AM)
Location: TBD
Phone:


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5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Rangoli competition
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Meet, Greet & Networking
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM – Cultural Program
8:30 PM to 10:30 PM – Dinner
10:30 PM to 12:00 AM – Garba