Statement by Minister Rodriguez on Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas
OTTAWA, November 7, 2018
Today, members of Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist communities in Canada and around the world celebrate Diwali, also known as the Festival of lights, and Bandi Chhor Divas.
These celebrations symbolize the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. During this time of reflection marked by compassion and love for the world around us, family and friends gather to light diyas, attend religious ceremonies, share meals and exchange gifts.