Mr. Speaker, on November 14, Hindus across the world and in Canada will be celebrating Diwali, the festival of light.
The Diwali celebration symbolizes the victory of good over evil and Hindus join their families and friends in celebrating it with prayers, sweets, exchanges of gifts and fireworks.
Hindus also start their new calendar immediately following Diwali. Today Diwali is celebrated on all continents of the world.
Following the September 11 terrorist attack, it is important that we take time to pray for peace and tranquility for all humankind.
I urge all Hindus in Canada to share with their families, neighbours, friends and all Canadians the message of peace that symbolizes Diwali.
As a member of the Hindu faith, I wish to extend, along with all my colleagues in parliament, a happy Diwali and a prosperous new year to all Hindus.