Ministry of Advanced Education, Multiculturalism Sector

Minister John Yap's statement on Diwali

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Multiculturalism Friday, November 9, 2012 2:18 PM


Over the next few days, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists from all over the world will celebrate the holiday of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, a tradition that dates back thousands of years in ancient India.

Many of those who commemorate Diwali will do so by illuminating a candle, a lamp or fireworks, which symbolize the victory of light over darkness, a triumph of good over evil.  

I am proud to commemorate Diwali with Indo-Canadians today as a South Asian tradition that is celebrated by fellow British Columbians regardless of faith or background.

As we gather with family and friends tonight to celebrate with good food and dancing, exchanging gifts and sweets, also take a moment to recognize our obligations to our fellow human beings, especially those who are less fortunate.

Let's also take a moment to recognize how lucky we are to live in a place where we share and celebrate traditions from all over the globe here in British Columbia as a symbol of multiculturalism that strengthens the bond that unites us as family, friends and community.

I wish everyone a Happy Diwali!

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