Today marks the beginning of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
2020 has brought many challenges to all of our lives. We have seen some of our most difficult times, fought to spread knowledge and fight against ignorance, and we’ve also seen the best in people – communities rising up to support one another and workers showing up every day to keep our province going.
The celebration of Diwali this year could not be more timely, as we continue along our second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the cold months ahead. It’s a valuable reminder for all of us to celebrate and appreciate the light we’ve seen emerge this year amidst the darkness.
Typically, Diwali is marked with large, joyous community gatherings filled with beautiful diyas, decorations, and delicious food. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed these celebrations into smaller, more intimate gatherings within your household, and online observances this year. We know that this is difficult for our Hindu community and people of many faiths who celebrate it, and we thank you for making the sacrifice to ensure that we’re all staying safe.
Happy Diwali to all! We look forward to celebrating these important days together when this pandemic is over.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer