media release

SFU to host 11th annual Diwali Gala Celebration Nov. 1

October 23, 2018

Simon Fraser University will host its 11th annual Diwali Gala on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Aria Banquet Hall in Surrey. The event celebrates the festival of Diwali along with the university's initiatives in India and engagement with B.C.'s South Asian Community.

The Festival of lights is celebrated in India and around the world annually, and happens this year on Nov. 7. SFU’s event draws over 300 business and community leaders, along with SFU students, faculty, staff and alumni. The evening features South Asian cuisine and performances. 

Funds raised from the event go toward SFU student awards to support opportunities for students to work, study and volunteer in India, through the university’s mobility initiative. Over the years nearly 150 students have benefited from their experiences in India.

This event also recognizes the work of the SFU-India Advisory Council, which was created over a decade ago and has been integral to the university’s success in engaging with India, and in furthering relationships within B.C.’s South Asian community.

What: SFU’s Diwali Gala Celebration

When: Thursday, Nov. 1, 5:30 pm until 8:30 p.m.

Where: Surrey’s Aria Banquet Hall, 12350 Pattullo Place, Surrey B.C.

Tickets for the event are still available. See for more details and to purchase tickets.

Event sponsors:

Title sponsor: TD Canada Trust; gold sponsors: Blackwood Partners (Central City), City of Surrey, A.S. Bubber & Associates, Sandhurst Group, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, FASKEN; silver sponsors: BCCIE, ANSATEL Communications Inc., Sikka Foundation, Brook Pooni; Association and Community Partners:  BC-India Business Network, Surrey Board of Trade, Canada India Business Council, Canada India Network Society, Fraser Health, Canada India Foundation, CIEC, Canadian India Education Society; media sponsors: Surrey Now Leader, Spice Radio, Pulse FM Radio, Darpan Magazine, Drishti Magazine, South Asian Woman Magazine and The Asian Star

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