Big turnout to first-time Diwali event at Mackin House breaks boundaries


Mackin House Museum hosted its first Diwali Family Day event to celebrate the upcoming annual Diwali festival. As anticipated, the event was open for all and was to educate about the well-known festival of light. But it is more than just an informative event.

Diwali, as most know it, is the festival of light. It originates in India and is celebrated mainly by Sikhs and Hindus.

Yet, as Sikh guest Abnash Kaur Gill explained, there is lightness and darkness in everything. “When so many people are pressed down, that is darkness. Lightness is when you help them come up and be the same level as others,” she said.

Amid the good-heartedness of the event, with a samosa-making workshop, craft making for kids, and other cultural activities, light was at work chasing away darkness.

“This is the special day for us to tell other people what we did and what had happened and educate other people so they can uplift other people’s spirit,” said Kaur Gill.

Jennie Johnston, Program Manager at Mackin House Heritage Museum, said that the event, which gathered together a total of 75 guests, was the first Diwali event that the museum has held.

“I think our goal is to provide a space for sharing the diversity of heritage. How heritage applies to everyone living here in Coquitlam and how we carry on the traditions that we bring with us to a new home,” Johnston said.

Meanwhile, Kaur Gill calls it breaking boundaries. “Breaking the boundaries is the right thing to do, we all have our differences but once we start talking to each other it’s not much of a difference.”

With cultural exposure and a terrific turnout, the first-time event, indeed, broke boundaries.