Diwali celebrated with ceremony at BC Legislature – Kelowna Capital News Sky News

Musicians perform during a Diwali ceremony at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, October 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives; Premier John Horgan; Surinder Sharma, President of the Victoria Hindu Parishad and Cultural Centre; and Premier-designate David Eby light candles to celebrate Diwali at the BC Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, October 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Sudhakar Ganti, professor of computer science at UVic, says a Sanskrit prayer during a Diwali ceremony at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, October 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)Sudhakar Ganti, professor of computer science at UVic, says a Sanskrit prayer during a Diwali ceremony at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, October 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Musicians perform during a Diwali ceremony at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, October 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)Musicians perform during a Diwali ceremony at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, October 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives, speaks during a Diwali ceremony at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, October 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives, speaks during a Diwali ceremony at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, October 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Representatives of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly marked Diwali with a ceremony that filled the Hall of Honor with music and lights.

Tuesday (October 25), Prime Minister John Horgan; Prime Minister-designate David Eby; Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives; and Surinder Sharma, chairman of the Victoria Hindu Parishad and Cultural Centre, lit traditional candles and spoke about the significance of the holiday, which started on Monday. Generally lasting five days, Diwali is India’s biggest holiday and a major cultural event for the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain religions in the diaspora.

“During this time, millions of families will light the Diya and celebrate the triumph of hope over despair, good over evil and light over darkness,” Singh said. “We’ve been through a lot over the past two and a half years, but it’s time for a fresh start. I believe our best and brightest days are ahead of us.

UVic computer science professor Sudhakar Ganti led the ceremony with a Sanskrit prayer that the darkness of the pandemic will be left behind.

Horgan said it was an honor for him to be the premier of British Columbia, which is “as vibrant and diverse as any place on the planet” and to welcome the community to the Assembly legislative to celebrate Diwali.

“Throughout the global pandemic, we’ve seen the best of times and the worst of times,” Horgan said. “We saw racism and intolerance, and we saw love and kindness. These things can and do happen at the same time, but the good news of Diwali, and the good news that goes forward, is that good will always triumph over evil, knowledge will always triumph over ignorance, and darkness will always be replaced by light. .”


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