For Immediate Release
October 29, 2016
Statement by Mayor Crombie’s on Diwali and Bandi Chhorh Divas
“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Council, I join with our City’s vibrant South Asian community to celebrate Diwali.
“Diwali is the celebrated festival of lights. It embodies the virtues of tolerance, inclusiveness, the importance of education, and the promise of living a good and rewarding life.
“During Diwali, families gather to light candles and fireworks, and share in new memories together. May this enriching experience bring endless joy, prosperity, health and wealth forever to you and your loved ones.
“Earlier this month, Council permanently extended the fireworks exemption to Diwali. For 2016, fireworks will be allowed on October 29 and 30. For more information about fireworks exemption, please visit: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/fireworksregulations.
“As well, Council has granted a one-time exemption to the 3-hour Parking By-Law to allow families celebrating Diwali and Bandi Chhorh Divas the ability to park for longer than three hours without penalty. The exemption will be effective on October 29 and 30.
“Once again, from my family to yours, I would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhorh Divas. Let us all continue to commit ourselves to showing respect and tolerance toward one another. Together, we are building more welcoming communities where people, of all faiths, are free to live their lives in peace.”