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Nov. 2, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Brantford – To celebrate and welcome the international student community, Wilfrid Laurier University, in partnership with Conestoga College, Laurier’s South Asian Alliance and Laurier Brantford Punjabi Association will host a Diwali celebration at the Brantford Convention Centre Nov. 5.

Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights that takes place every autumn, is traditionally celebrated with fireworks, food and by illuminating homes with candles and lanterns.

The upcoming celebration is free and open to all Laurier and Conestoga students.

Not only will the event help to welcome new international students to the Brantford community, but it is also an opportunity for all students to learn and share each other’s cultures.

“As the diversity of our community grows, this event is a wonderful opportunity for students to celebrate their culture and traditions with each other,” said Teeba Alsafar, international student advisor with Laurier International. “When you see yourself in your community, that’s when you start to feel at home.” 

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Diwali, enjoy an Indian meal and celebrate through cultural music and dancing.

“This is the first large-scale South Asian event for the Laurier Brantford community,” said Nikita Nileshwar, president of Laurier’s South Asian Alliance. “Having the Diwali celebration allows us to teach more students about South Indian culture.”

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Brantford Convention Centre (100 Market St. S., Brantford). For more information, email

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Media Contacts:

Teeba Alsafar, international student advisor

Laurier International, Brantford campus

T: 519.756.8228 x5969

Beth Gurney, Associate Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Brantford campus

T: 519.756.8228 x5753


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