Diwali celebrations light up the night

Dr. Babitha Sandeys (left), Gurminder Mangat, Keerti Mangat (in front), Parminder Nijjar, Rajinder Kaur, Jyothisha Rajesh and Sunisha Rakesh celebrated Diwali in style.
Paige Mueller photos Amy Khakh and Harbhajan Hunjen play act in a dance presentation put on by the organizers of Lights for Life on Sunday night.
Dancers twirled, stomped, and clapped the night away at the Lights for Life Dinner.
Paige Mueller photo Amy Khakh (left), Parmjit Mangat, Harbhajan Hunjen, Satwant Salaria, Pawan Sraw, Ranie Lehal, Sulinder Randhawa and Jasvinder Boyal organize and volunteer for the annual Diwali event, which celebrates the Hindu festival of lights. This year, the group will be donating to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Satwant Salaria was all smiles at the Lights for Life event this weekend.
Women of all ages enjoyed themselves at the Diwali dinner and dance.

All colours of the rainbow, and even some that seemed to defy the spectrum were twirling and stomping around the Seniors Activity Centre on Sunday night, while notes of pounding base filled the air.

It was the annual Lights for Life dinner and dance, a women-only event held yearly in Williams Lake to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. With an abundance of snacks and tea on hand, the dancers were kept well fed before a delicious dinner of traditional Indian food was served.

In the past, the event has raised $15,000 for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital but this year the proceeds will go to the Salvation Army Food Bank, according to organizer Amy Khakh.

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