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, MLA Radisson
May 30, 2013

Holi - The Festival of Colours

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to live in a multicultural province like Manitoba. With more than 150 countries represented in our province, and more than 140 languages spoken, we are able to share many unique cultural traditions with one another.

Every spring, Hindus across the world gather to celebrate Holi, the festival of colours. Holi is a time to say goodbye to winter and to celebrate the coming of spring. The festival also traditionally commemorates good harvests and fertile land as well as the triumph of good over evil.

Earlier this year, over a thousand people came together at the Ellice Avenue Temple and the Dr. Raj Pandey Hindu Centre on St. Anne’s Road to celebrate Holi. The festivities included dancing, singing, and of course, throwing brightly colored powders on one another. I know that even though it is seen as a festival for Hindus, it is more of an all-inclusive community event and people of all faiths came to celebrate the colorful festival. As I have stated many times, most Hindus believe in the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the world as a large family.

Mr. Speaker, the Hindu Society of Manitoba, through its activities at temples and cultural centres, has been able to raise the profile of the Hindu community living in Manitoba, helping integrate them into the multicultural mosaic of Canada.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank Captain Narendra Mathur, the president of the Hindu Society of Manitoba; chairperson of the Ellice Temple, Mona Goomansingh; and chairperson of Dr. Raj Pandey Hindu Centre, Kirit Thakrar, for their continued leadership and their dedication to the Hindu community. The Holi festival was a great success, and all people who attended were able to join together to celebrate their cultural traditions – in colour!

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.