Di­wali fes­tiv­i­ties come to an end this week­end

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY + REGION -

Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions con­tinue in Saska­toon through­out the week­end. One of them will mark the end of this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties at the Shri Lak­shmi Naryan tem­ple on Sun­day.

The most sig­nif­i­cant hol­i­day in In­dia, Di­wali is known as the fes­ti­val of lights. Mem­bers of the Hindu com­mu­nity in Saska­toon ob­serve Di­wali, which fell on Nov. 7, and have been mark­ing it with cel­e­bra­tions, which started at the end of Oc­to­ber.

At the Shri Lak­shmi Naryan Tem­ple, an event fea­tur­ing re­li­gious wor­ship ser­vices, or pu­jas, is open to all and will be­gin at 10:30 a.m. on Sun­day.

Three hun­dred peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend.

Ajay Dalai, pres­i­dent of the Hindu So­ci­ety of Saskatchewan, said it’s a time to ask for bless­ings of hap­pi­ness, pros­per­ity and good health. Lak­shmi, the god­dess of pros­per­ity, is con­sid­ered to be a mother fig­ure in the Hindu faith.

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