“Today, thousands of Albertans are marking Diwali, a time for remembrance, gathering and celebration. Observed differently across many religious traditions including Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism, this festival of lights commemorates the spiritual triumph of light over darkness.
“Over the course of several days, Albertans from these communities will illuminate their homes, temples and workspaces with diyas (oil lamps), candles and lanterns, decorate interior spaces with traditional jhalars and rangoli designs and celebrate with fireworks. Gatherings will also be a big part of these celebrations, with the sharing of mithai (sweets) being a staple of most family feasts.
“During this time, Sikhs commemorate Bandi Chhor Divas, or the Day of Liberation, marking the return of Guru Hargobind Ji.
“We wish everyone a Diwali free from darkness and abundant with light!”