Happy Diwali from Canadian Studies!
Canadian Studies wishes a joyful Diwali to our friends in the South Asian community! Today, many Canadians will join the millions of people around the world celebrating Diwali, also known as the “Festival of Lights”. As noted by Prime Minister Trudeau in his holiday greeting, this five-day festival symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. It is a time for members of Canada’s South Asian community to celebrate their shared culture.
Diwali is one of the most important and popular festivals on the Indian subcontinent. Its popularity transcends religious lines, and it is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. As a result, observances vary by region. However, popular practices involve participants decorating their homes with oil lamps and colorful circular patterns called rangolis, made of flowers, colored sand, or powdered pigments. Celebrations also include parties, group meals, and firework displays.
Canada is home to one of the largest South Asian diaspora communities in the world; almost 6% of Canadians report South Asian ancestry, with particular concentrations in Toronto and Vancouver. So on behalf of Canadian Studies, happy Diwali!
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