Letter: Celebrate Diwali quietly

Ward 22 Cllr Privi Makhan writes:

Saturday November 14 will see the Hindu global community celebrate one of the most auspicious days on our calendar.

Many homes are already fragrant with the aroma of elachi, saffron and rose water as burfee and chana magaj are being moulded, and gulab jamuns are soaking in syrup.

Creative packaging ideas are being shared on family WhatsApp groups, and family members are finalising which punjabi or sari to adorn on the day.

Many of us are also opting to celebrate Diwali 2020 in a more frugal manner, starting the day with a traditional bath with oils and prayer with offerings of fruit and sweetmeats as we welcome Mother Lakshmi into our homes.

This year can only be described as extraordinary, and the pressure to celebrate with the extravagance, whilst tempting, is still impossible for many families.

As we illuminate our homes with diyas at sunset, let us reflect and remember the true purpose of the celebration, a day that symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

I appeal to our community to ensure that the use and discharge of fireworks is done so in a responsible manner which ensures the safety of pets, children, the elderly, and our sensitive environment.

Please ensure that they do not infringe on the rights of others and are done so within the confines of the municipal bylaws, which prohibit the sale and discharge of big bangs.

Shubh Diwali and a prosperous New Year to the Hindu and Gujerati community.