For those of you who don’t already know, Diwali is a holiday that is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world. What amused me when I first heard about Diwali is that it is known as the “Festival of Lights”, which is also what the Jewish holiday Hannukah is called. I’ve learned a lot about world religions and cultures without ever doing research or travelling to foreign destinations. All I need to do is interact with people around me, in my community or at work. This is one of the joys and freedom of living in a multicultural country like Canada.
Recently, I was impressed to see a large Diwali-themed display of Quality Street chocolates (a renowned British treat) at a local grocery store. Over the years, I’ve discovered that religions and cultures may observe different holidays, but they all end the same way: Eating and partying with family and friends. Happy Diwali if you’re celebrating and remember to exercise caution with fireworks!