Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is a five-day festival that started on Wednesday, November 7th. This year, Drumheller was invited to celebrate.
The Ram Family hosted a Diwali feast on Friday and it was open to all of Drumheller.
"For us, Diwali is a celebration of what has come and what is going to come in the future," explained Veronique Ram.
The festival is of Indian descent and has many different rituals and practices, depending on the region. The most common tradition is filling homes, businesses, and streets with bright, glowing lights. This practice is to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness.
"Our practice is we do a cleanse of the house, so we go through and clean our house, and then the kids will create patterns with mandalas. They set up a little tent with lights and ask for presents to celebrate the upcoming year. Being thankful for what we have experienced and looking forward to what the new year is bringing to us," she continued.
The feast included three courses of delicious food and was filled with curious newcomers and those who regularly celebrate the holiday.
"I think for us, It was all about just celebrating people and the joy that others have brought into our lives this year. So we really wanted to host this hearing, we have found that the community is part of our family and we were just happy to share it with everyone," concluded Ram.