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Welcome to Canada Diwali Building Communities through Art, Culture & Heritage.

Diwali is celebrated worldwide by millions every year.

2022 Highlights

DIWALI STAMPS

Send Diwali Greetings to your loved ones with Canada Post Diwali Stamp…

Each year ICAC distributes these stamps to its patrons, supporters & sponsors to be used to send Diwali Greetings across Canada, USA & Internationally.

Use these 3 different denominations of postage stamps for sending Diwali greetings within Canada, USA & Internationally.

ICAC – Founder Mr Ajaay Modi is a proud member of advisory board to Canada Post for developing & designing the Canada Diwali Postage Stamps.

WHAT IS DIWALI?

Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” Diwali is the largest community festival and celebration of culture & heritage.

Diwali is celebrated worldwide by Sikhs, Punjabis, Gujaratis, Jains, Buddhists, Tamils, Nepalis, Sri Lankans, and East Indians. Diwali is celebrated to mark the homecoming of Lord Rama after his jubilant victory over demons.

Lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism.

Past Headliners

ICAC recognizes the magnanimous role played by “OTF” Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the government of Ontario for supporting ICAC during the bleak period of Covid-stricken world. OTF, extended financial support to ICAC under its two different funding programs of Resilient Community Fund & Capital Building Fund – Operating over 12 months during 2021-2022.

The timely monetary aid provided by OTF gave ICAC the required sustainability and resilience to stay afloat and keep its commitment in delivering the annual Canada Diwali RazzMatazz festival series with unique programming. OTF funding helped ICAC create its own studio base and workshop space for successful transformation to ever changing digital & virtual world.

We are in process of sharing the melange of visual delights for the world to witness from the treasures of our archives and future productions.

Generously Supported and funded in Part By

Behind the sheer excellence of ‘Canada Diwali RazzMatazz Festival Series’ conducted by ICAC and held across Niagara Falls, Mississauga, Brampton & St. Catherines is the continues funding support from its funders and the Government of Canada & Ontario through its ‘ Canada Heritage Funding Program ‘ & ‘ Celebrate Ontario Funding Program’ respectively.

Arts

Part of what makes Diwali such a vibrant festival is the incredible art it inspires. Between the dazzling choreographed dances and the gorgeous rangoli compositions—patterns made on a canvas using coloured sand, coloured rice, and flower petals—the artistic expression knows no bounds.

Culture

To say one “celebrates” Diwali is an understatement. It’s bigger than that. It’s a palpable feeling in the air, it’s an overwhelming sensation of joy, it’s a bonding force that brings disparate people together. It’s impossible to describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it, but all those who have are united by the magical feeling that, together, they’re part of something greater.

Festival

As much as it is a religious tradition, Diwali is a communal experience. The food, the fireworks, and the gatherings are all part of a larger celebration that has woven its way into the tapestry of our society.

Communities

No one who celebrates Diwali is alone. Each year, billions of people, spanning dozens of countries, native tongues, and cultural identities take a day to observe a series of shared traditions that have been around for millennia.

What's Different

Amidst the global pandemic, in a time when the world needed hope and light at the end of the tunnel, our team at Canada Diwali alongside many of our key stakeholders in the community virtually came together to celebrate the festival of lights. Diwali! Our virtual Diwali RazzMatazz took place virtually in Brampton, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, and of course Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada!

It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to Diwali RazzMatazz in celebration of Diwali, 2020 hosted by Indo Canada Arts Council.

Diwali brings together family and friends across Canada and around the world to celebrate the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. Although this year’s celebration is virtual, it still holds the same meaning and significance. Diwali embodies our shared values of openness, respect, and inclusion. In Canada we are strong and united not in spite of our diversity, but because of it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made hosting and planning events like this especially difficult, and I would like to thank the dedicated organizers for making this event possible.

The Right Honorable Mr. Justin Trudeau,

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Prime Minister of Canada

Indo-Canada Arts Council
November 2020

I want to extend warm greetings to our Indo Canadian community as you celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Diwali is one of the biggest Indian festivals, celebrated around the world with lamps, fireworks, colourful clothing and community festivities. It celebrates the power of goodness, hope, prosperity, and enlightenment.

I know that this has been a challenging year for our religious and cultural communities, but I’m continually inspired by the way you’ve innovated and re-imagined age-old festivals to find ways to stay connected with your community. While this year’s celebration looks a lot different due to COVID-19, I know it’s just as meaningful.

Thanks to the amazing team at Indo-Canada Arts Council for the energy and creativity they brought to this virtual celebration.This festival is an excellent opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate their shared heritage and their many contributions to this great province.

Honorable Doug Ford,

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Premier

It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to Diwali RazzMatazz in celebration of Diwali, 2020 hosted by Indo Canada Arts Council.

Diwali brings together family and friends across Canada and around the world to celebrate the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. Although this year’s celebration is virtual, it still holds the same meaning and significance. Diwali embodies our shared values of openness, respect, and inclusion. In Canada we are strong and united not in spite of our diversity, but because of it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made hosting and planning events like this especially difficult, and I would like to thank the dedicated organizers for making this event possible.

The Right Honourable Mr. Justin Trudeau,

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Prime Minister of Canada

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Indo-Canada Arts Council
November 2020

I want to extend warm greetings to our Indo Canadian community as you celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Diwali is one of the biggest Indian festivals, celebrated around the world with lamps, fireworks, colourful clothing and community festivities. It celebrates the power of goodness, hope, prosperity, and enlightenment.

I know that this has been a challenging year for our religious and cultural communities, but I’m continually inspired by the way you’ve innovated and re-imagined age-old festivals to find ways to stay connected with your community. While this year’s celebration looks a lot different due to COVID-19, I know it’s just as meaningful.

Thanks to the amazing team at Indo-Canada Arts Council for the energy and creativity they brought to this virtual celebration.This festival is an excellent opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate their shared heritage and their many contributions to this great province.

Honourable Doug Ford,

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Premier of Ontario

Let me recognize the active members of the Indo-Canada Arts Council for organizing this celebration of music, dance, the performing arts, culture and cuisine. Diwali is one of the many opportunities where we in Mississauga, & communities across Canada, can celebrate the diverse cultures, faiths, and shared values that flourish throughout our City.

Her Worship Mayor Bonnie Crombie

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City of Mississauga

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His Excellency Ajay Bisaria AJ

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Indian High Commissioner - Canada

Honourable Mrs Apoorva Srivastva

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Consul General of India - Toronto

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About ICAC

Indo-Canada Arts Council is an organization working towards the promotion and development of bilateral exchange of Arts & Culture between India & Canada.

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PEEL REGION
(Mississauga & Brampton)
79 Bramsteele Rd, Brampton, ON L6W 3K6

Address 2

NIAGARA REGION:
(Niagara Falls & St Catharines)
2 Dunlop Drive. St Catharines. ON. L2R 1A2

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