The Asian Library hosted its first virtual Diwali or Deepavali celebrations on Thursday, November 12 and it also marked the beginning of celebrating Asian Library’s 60th anniversary. Event attendees enjoyed a variety of folk dances, poems, songs, learned about the traditions surrounding Diwali, and also learned about the history of the Asian Library.

Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian, would like to thank Surrey India Arts Club, Shan-E-Punjab Arts Academy, Raghavendra Rao K.V., Taranjeet Kaur Dhaliwal, Taranjit Singh Dhillon and Phoebe Chow for their impressive performances and presentations. She also expressed a special thanks to Dr. Anne Murphy for her continued support to the Asian Library. Prof. Murphy is an Associate Prof. at the Asian Studies and Lead, Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster, UBC.

 

Come and celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights) with the Asian Library, with the support of the Department of Asian Studies.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
11:00 am to 11:30 am 
Virtual event! Please register at https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/diwali2020.

Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated festival in India and throughout the Indian diaspora. It is celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day), it usually takes place at the end of October or the first week of November. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. The festival celebration, which typically lasts from five to seven days, is celebrated by several South Asian Communities, and by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with diyas, candles as well as colourful lights, and they share gifts and recite prayers.

The event will be virtual this year. Everyone is cordially invited to experience the diversity of South Asian culture through music and dance performances.

UPDATE on March 12 After much consultation and careful consideration, UBC Equity and Inclusion Office decided to cancel today’s IGNITE book club event. The cancellation of the event is a responsible decision in order to protect all our diverse communities. This is also following the safety precautions recommended by our provincial health authorities to best protect the health of the population with concerns around COVID-19 in large group settings. 

The Equity and Inclusion Office is still planning a conservation between Annahid Dashtgard and Shirin Eshghi Furuzawa, which will be recorded. They will be sharing the recording online when it’s ready.


Thursday, March 12, 2020
Asian Centre 1871 West Mall

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Asian Library Upper Floor

Join us for IGNITE, an ongoing series of engagements with racialized authors at UBC’s Vancouver campus. Annahid Dashtgard, author of Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation, will share insights into her works and finding joy amidst her experience of living as a racialized individual, author, and academic. Hosted by Shirin Eshghi, Head of UBC Asian Library.

6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
Reception with Persian Refreshments – Asian Centre Foyer
Performances – Asian Centre Auditorium

Nowruz, which literally means “a new day”, is the Persian New Year, celebrated for over 3,000 years by diverse communities in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, the Balkans, and South Asia. Celebrated on the first day of Farvardin (The first month of Persian Calendars), Nowruz marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It usually occurs around March 21, depending on where it is observed. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to celebrate the earth being reborn. The celebration usually starts Charshanbe Suri (Festive Wednesday) and ends with Sizdah Be Dar (Out With The Thirteen) which is on the thirteenth Farvardin. For Nowruz, people display a spread called Haft-Sin (Seven “S”s) which is an arrangement of seven symbolic items whose names start with the 15th letter in the Persian alphabet.

Free and open to all. Please register HERE.

 

The Year of the Rat is approaching! Come and celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Asian Library and the Department of Asian Studies as well as other UBC groups on Tuesday January 28 at the Nest Atrium Lower Level. Enjoy wonderful performances and participate in interesting cultural activities. It is free and open to the public!

Drop by our Pop-up Library booth between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. We will feature our Great Reads Collection and language learning materials. You will also receive a small gift when signing out books!

The celebration organized by the Department of Asian Studies will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Performances include lion dance, K-pop dance, and Chinese music, etc. They also offer hands-on activities like Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, Korean games (Gonggi and Jegichagi), Ring Toss, and more. Check out more details HERE.

In addition, the Asian Library will be featuring a display in the lobby area of Asian Centre from Jan 23 to Feb 8.  The display will highlight our collection as well as a few items from the Education Library, and will also include New Year decorations. Please stop by and take a look!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Rat!

The Asian Library hosted a lively Diwali celebration at the Liu Institute with the support of UBC Equity & Inclusion, Alumni UBC, and the Centre for Indian and South Asian Research on Friday, October 25. In addition to learning about the tradition of Diwali through a student-led presentation, audience members were treated to a variety of musical and dance performances, from traditional to modern, and Henna painting. The event concluded with South Asian refreshments.

 

 

Come and celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights) with the Asian Library, with the support of Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR), alumni UBC  and the Equity and Inclusion Office!

Friday, October 25, 2019
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Drive

Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated festival in India and throughout the Indian diaspora. It is celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day), it usually takes place at the end of October or the first week of November. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. The festival celebration, which typically lasts from five to seven days, is celebrated by several South Asian Communities, and by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with diyas, candles as well as colourful lights, and they share gifts and recite prayers.

UBC students, staff and faculty members are cordially invited to experience the diversity of South Asian culture through music, henna, and delicious refreshments.

All Diwali activities are free and no registration is required.

Come and celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Asian Library and the Department of Asian Studies on Friday February 8 at the Nest Atrium Lower Level. Enjoy wonderful performances and participate in interesting cultural activities. It is free and open to the public!

Drop by our Pop-up Library booth between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. We will feature our Great Reads Collection and language learning materials. You can also test your knowledge on the Lunar New Year and the UBC Library. Same as the past years, all visitors to the Asian Library booth will receive a pocket of luck (while quantities last)!

The celebration organized by the Department of Asian Studies will run from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Performances include lion dance, Korean drumming, K-pop dance, and Chinese music, etc. They also offer hands-on activities like Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving, Cantonese Mahjong, Ring Toss, and more. Check out more details HERE!

The Asian Library would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig. We look forward to seeing you on February 8!

Come and celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights) with the Asian Library, Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR), Department of Asian Studies, and South Asian Canadian Histories Association this year!

Friday, October 26, 2018
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall

Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated festival in India and throughout the Indian diaspora. Celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day), it usually takes place at the end of October or the first week of November. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. The festival celebration, which typically lasts from five to seven days, is celebrated by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with diyas, candles as well as colourful lights, and they share gifts and recite prayers.

UBC students, staff and faculty members are cordially invited to experience the diversity of culture through music, Henna, and delicious refreshments.

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