November 4 marks Diwali, commonly known as the “festival of lights”. Celebrated over a period of five days, the festival of Diwali highlights the power of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness.
Diwali, also referred to as “Deepavali”, is one of the oldest, most celebrated holidays in the world, being observed by Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist communities. The five-day celebration is well-known for its large traditional feasts, which includes eating sweets, gift exchanges, puja (prayer), and lighting of diyas (oil lamps) in rows.
This celebration of light over darkness is particularly special for many Ontarians celebrating Diwali this year. After many months of lockdowns and isolation during the pandemic, Diwali 2021 also marks the return of being able to celebrate in-person again with loved ones, with safety precautions in place; a bright light after prolonged darkness.
To all of our members celebrating Diwali with your loved ones this year, we wish you all safe, joyful celebrations. Shubh Diwali!
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer