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Ontario Hansard - 23-October2006

Mr. Frank Klees (Oak Ridges): I rise today to join in the celebration of two important Canadian religious holidays.

On Saturday, October 21, the festival of Diwali was celebrated by Hindu and Sikh Canadians, who first arrived in Canada more than a century ago. Diwali is a great festival of light that commemorates the victory of light over darkness and goodness over evil. For Hindus, Diwali also commemorates Lord Rama's return after 14 years in exile. For Sikhs, the festival of light commemorates the return of Guru Hargobind Sahib and others from prison. Diwali is celebrated by the lighting of candles and by fireworks, as occurred throughout our province over the weekend.

Today also marks the Canadian holiday of Eid-Ul-Fitr, the festival that heralds the end of the Ramadan fast for Muslim Canadians. Eid-Ul-Fitr celebrates not that the fast has ended, but the spiritual discipline, personal goodness and rededication to helping others in society that are the fruits of Ramadan. The entire Muslim-Canadian community comes together in worship of Allah to give thanks for his merciful benevolence, as occurred at the CNE today with the leader of the official opposition, John Tory, in attendance.

On behalf of John Tory and the Ontario PC caucus, I would like to extend my warmest best wishes to our Islamic, Hindu and Sikh communities during the celebration of these significant Canadian religious holidays, Eid Mubarak, Shubh Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas Mubarak.


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