Canterbury School is pleased to present our Fall Arts Prowl on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
New this year, we will explore Indian culture with a special Diwali theme infused throughout the event. Diwali or (Deepavali) is one of India's biggest festivals. The word 'Diwali' means rows of lighted lamps. It is known as the festival of lights and many cultures celebrate it with joy. You can read more about Diwali below.
For this special evening, you will find the LSJ Courtyard lit up with colored lights as you enjoy student art and performances from all three divisions. You will be able to sample delicious Indian food as well as enjoy rangoli (chalk/flower art) and henna hand art.
The Arts Prowl is a Canterbury community-wide event and admission, as always, is free. Bring your lawn chair or blanket along with the family on Wednesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. and set up in the courtyard for an evening of wonderful entertainment.
Diwali is known as the festival of lights and many cultures celebrate it with joy. During this festival, people light up their houses and shops with Diyas (Small cup-shaped oil lamp made of baked clay). They worship the Lord Ganesha for good welfare and prosperity and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and wisdom.
Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama from 14 years of Exile and his victory over the Demon Ravana. It also signifies the victory of good over evil. Diwali falls in October or November and people clean and decorate their homes with rangoli and lights before the festival. It is celebrated for five consecutive days and is one of the most popular festivals in India. Hindus regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and relationships. In some parts of India, it marks the beginning of the new year.
Most people light up their homes and shops to welcome the goddess Lakshmi and to receive her blessings for good luck in the year ahead. On the day of Diwali, people put on their best clothes and exchange greetings, gifts, and sweets with their friends and family.
At night, buildings are illuminated with earthen lamps, candles, and electric bulbs. Sweets and toy shops are decorated to attract the passers-by. The bazaars and-streets are overcrowded. People buy sweets for their own families and also as presents for their friends and relatives. At dusk, the goddess Lakshmi, is worshiped in the form of earthen images and a silver rupee. People offer prayers for their health, wealth and prosperity. Children and adults enjoy fireworks after dark and this is an exciting time for everyone.