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VANCOUVERDESI.COM WEEKEND EVENTS BLOGPOST: PICS Gala, SAFF, and Mika Singh!

Another weekend is almost here, and another month in 2012 has passed as we head into November. Life is going to start getting busy during these last two months of the year. Diwali is coming up, students will have final exams soon, then Christmas, Boxing Day, and of course New Year’s Eve! But before we get ahead of ourselves, lets see what’s happening in our beautiful (rainy) city this coming weekend!

PICS 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, ie. PICS, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend. The celebration event will bring together leaders from various communities and celebrate 25 years of building community and cultural understanding. Enjoy an evening filled with cultural performances, live musicians, fine dining and plenty of networking opportunities.

The keynote speaker for the evening is environmental activist, Dr. David Suzuki.

Here’s what you need to know about the event:

  • Date:  Friday, November 2, 2012
  • Time:  6pm – 11pm
  • Location:  The Grand Taj Banquet Hall
  • Address:  8388 128 Street, Surrey, BC
  • Ticket Price:  $100, with proceeds benefiting the PICS Society
  • Purchase Tickets:  satbir.cheema@pics.bc.ca
  • Phone:  (604) 596-7722

South Asian Film Festival (SAFF)

The 1st Annual South Asia Film Festival kicked off this week with the opening gala on Wednesday, October 31st at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Those who were in attendance were in awe at the site of the one and only, Jaya Bachchan. Many of us Bollywood film lovers grew up watching Jaya in the classic films Sholay and Silsila and more recently Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. It’s no surprise she ended up marrying Amitabh Bachchan, the legendary actor with whom she starred in all three of these films and many others.

If you’re a film lover, then this weekend is perfect for you, especially given the nasty weather we’ve been having.
Films will be playing in Vancouver, Surrey, and Abbotsford.
The festival runs until Sunday, November 4th.
Visit www.saffcanada.org for the full schedule of events!

Mika Singh Live!

Speaking of films, a man who has had his fair share of hits on Bollywood soundtracks for the past couple of years is all set to rock the Lower Mainland with his catchy tunes. All I gotta say is…Dhinka Chikka Dhinka Chikka Dhinka Chikka Dhinka Chikka Hey Hey Hey Hey!!!!

One of the most anticipated concerts of the year is finally here! The younger – and perhaps more popular – brother of Daler Mehndi, Mika Singh will be rocking the stage this Sunday, November 4th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. If you love upbeat Bollywood music, you need to go to this concert. Get your tickets now!

Here are the details:

Here’s a little teaser. How can you not love this song???

VANCOUVERDESI.COM EVENTS BLOGPOST: Navaratri, Diwali, and a Wedding Gala!

WOW!! Can you believe the end of October is already approaching? In just a couple of weeks, ghosts & goblins will take over our streets for Halloween, and then before you know it, Santa and his reindeer will be flying from rooftop to rooftop spreading Christmas joy around the world.

But, for South Asians everywhere, somewhere in between falls our most important and most widely celebrated holiday. I’m talking about Diwali.

Did you know Diwali is an official holiday not only in India, but also in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji?

Diwali is commonly known as the “Festival of Lights” and symbolizes the triumph of good over evil;  light over darkness.

This year, the official date for Diwali falls on Tuesday, November 13th.

The 9th annual Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival runs from Nov. 3-10, with the main event, Diwali Downtown taking place on Nov. 10th @ Roundhouse Community Centre from 3-8pm. See the full details at www.vandiwali.ca.

Leading up to Diwali is another fun celebration called Navaratri, which literally translates to “nine nights.” Navaratri is celebrated in many regions of India, but it is a major festival in the western Indian state of Gujarat and also in West Bengal. Navaratri started onTuesday, October 16th and will run for 9 days until Wednesday, October 24th.

Here in Vancouver, the Soni Cultural Society of B.C is presenting their own Navaratri Festival. Join in for someGarba and Raas dancing with a live music group from India calledBhikhudan Gadhavi & Matangiben.

Here are the details:

  • Date:  Tuesday, October 16th to Tuesday, October 23rd
  • Time:  8pm onwards.
  • Location:  Riverside Palace
  • Address:  14431 Knox Way, Richmond, BC
  • Email:  sonisociety@shaw.ca
  • Website:  www.sonisociety.com
  • Admission:
    • $5/night:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • $2/night:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    • Children 12 and under are free.
Traditional Gujarati snacks and refreshments will be provided and there will also be prizes for the best costume and the best dancer!
And finally, last but definitely not least, if you’re planning on getting married anytime soon I’ve got the just the event for you! The 2nd annual Season’s of Love South Asian Wedding Gala, organized by Big Phat Indian Weddings, is taking place tomorrow.
Enjoy delicious food, fashion shows and door prize, all while scoping out some of the top wedding vendors in town. Also enter for a chance to win the $30,000 grand prize, which includes a wedding planning package from Big Phat Indian Weddings, along with a cake, mendhi, limo service, hair & makeup, photography and videography.
Here are the details:

Visit Big Phat Indian Wedding for more details!

That’s it for me today. Until next time…