It’s a three-month labour of love that one local group of women gift to other women in Williams Lake once a year — one fun night out to relax, visit, dance, enjoy traditional Indian food and one another’s company.
“We just want to fill life with light. In here the lights are enjoyment and happiness to everybody,” said Amarjit Khakh, one of a team of nine Indo Canadian women who put on the annual Festival of Light event and raise money for local non-profits.
To date the group has raised more than $17,000 while offering a hand in friendship to women of any ethnicity welcome to have a night out.
This year’s event Saturday evening at the Elks Hall attracted more than 170 women, eager to laugh and visit while dancing to traditional Indian music.
“I enjoy it when we are doing something good from the heart, something for our community” said Khakh, who herself has a family and a full-time job, like all the other women on the committee who cooked for one full week at the local temple to put on the impressive spread of vegetarian food.
The close group of friends came up with the idea of a women’s only event five years ago.
“Men always find a way to have enjoyment for themselves but we ladies are so much into the kids, cooking, being a housewife, working, we don’t have time to ourselves and that’s why we thought why not just get together for one night and forget about everything and just go out and enjoy.”