Notes for a Statement to the
Legislature by the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration on the occasion of Diwali
Speaker, I rise today in the Legislature to recognize Diwali, the annual
Festival of Lights this upcoming November 5th, which is celebrated around
the world and here in Ontario by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.
the five days of festivities, houses are lit up with small clay lamps,
known as diyas, to signify the triumph of good over evil.
• For many
people, Diwali is a time of great celebration.
• It is a
time to enjoy good food, fine clothes, and to spend time with family and
friends. In some rural areas around the world, people flock to melas, or
fairs, in villages and towns.
others, Diwali is a time of quiet contemplation, meditation and
increasingly, Mr. Speaker, Diwali is a global celebration, recognized and
celebrated by people around the world.
special celebration unites communities all over the world on both a
religious and social level.
the festival of Diwali dates back centuries, its significance is still
widely appreciated and celebrated in a variety of communities today.
Diwali focus on light serves as a wonderful symbol of the truth and
renewal of life - a symbol often present in many other religious
• In the
face of today's unique challenges and pressures, this celebration is an
excellent occasion to promote mutual respect and understanding, and share
in the common values of tradition and faith.
• As a
province, this celebration helps us recognize the rich diversity of our
culture - the cornerstone of Ontario's success and prosperity.
Celebrating Diwali also adds to the fabric of our nation and strengthens
our social foundations by making our communities more dynamic, culturally
rich and cohesive.
people from over 200 countries, speaking more than 130 languages living in
Ontario, our diversity brings us global connections, talents and skills.
It is this diversity that enriches us socially, economically and
Speaker, I think we can all be proud that the seven-thousand year-old
Diwali festival is being celebrated today in communities across Ontario
such as Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto.
behalf of the McGuinty government and all Ontarians, I wish all those
observing Diwali a wonderful celebration.
Happy Diwali to all. Namaste.
Sa Sri Akal.
you, Mr. Speaker.
November 2, 2010
Diwali is an
annual five-day religious festival for people of Indian descent who
practise Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. This year, it begins on Friday,
November 5 and lasts until Tuesday, November 9.
popularly known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated around the world
wherever South Asians have settled. This includes Ontario, where more than
half of Canada’s India-born immigrants now live.
provides us with an opportunity to share with Ontario’s South Asian
community in observing this religious festival, and to promote and
celebrate our province’s diversity.