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Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas Celebrated Across Canada Amidst Festive Joy

The Indian diaspora, predominantly from Punjab, joyously celebrated Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas across Canada in traditional ways, including bursting firecrackers, despite tightened rules in municipalities like Brampton, Mississauga, and Surrey. Minister of Emergency Preparedness Harjit Sajjan emphasized the unity and inclusivity found in Canada during these festivals, which are embraced by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and others.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged the diverse contributions of Canadians from these communities and extended Diwali greetings. Canada Post marked the occasion with a special Diwali stamp, continuing the tradition for the fifth consecutive year.

The Consulate General of India in Vancouver, along with other leaders like Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mayor Patrick Brown, expressed warm wishes and participated in festive activities, underscoring the vibrant cultural tapestry of the country.