Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas greetings from Horgan, Wilkinson

PREMIER John Horgan on Sunday issued the following statement on Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas:

“Today, we join Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains all over the province and around the world to celebrate Diwali, Deepawali and Bandi Chhor Divas.

“Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, brings friends, families and communities together to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. It is a time to rejoice through feasting, lighting of diyas, exchanging gifts and sweets, and spending time with friends and family.

“The festival also represents a time of year to help those in need. It reminds us to spread joy to the people around us and honour our shared values of respect, diversity and equality.

“On behalf of all British Columbians, I wish everyone a happy Diwali, Deepawali and Bandi Chhor Divas!”

ANDREW Wilkinson, Leader of the Official Opposition, said in a statement:

“Today, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, and others across the world will celebrate the beginning of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Diwas, the festival of lights, here in British Columbia and in every corner of the globe.

“Both Diwali and Bandi Chhor Diwas symbolize renewal and coincide with the darkest night of the lunar month. These festivals celebrate the victory of good in the world and welcome a new year at the conclusion of the summer harvest.

“Starting this Sunday, as people of various faiths and backgrounds take the opportunity to come together to celebrate, it is important to recognize everything that unites us as British Columbians and remember all that brings us closer to one another.

“On behalf of the entire BC Liberal Caucus, I want to extend our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Diwali and Bandi Chhor Diwas.”