“Today is one of the most important Hindu holidays of the year – Diwali.
“Known as the Festival of Lights, this five-day festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness. Oil lanterns, known as diyas, will be lit as pathways to wealth, prosperity, knowledge and new beginnings.
“Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs also celebrate this joyous holiday in Canada and around the world.
“Diwali brings Canadians of different faiths and cultural communities together to celebrate the message of peace and prosperity through gift-giving, light displays and sharing traditional foods.
“By bringing together people of all backgrounds, Diwali is a celebration that serves to strengthen both our communities and our country.
“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Diwali and to encourage all Canadians to learn about the Festival of Lights.
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