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Celebrating a festival of lights


2020 has been an unusual year to say the least. But on November 14, Diwali, otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, will be celebrated – as it is each year – in honor of Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu).

Often referred to as the Indian “festival of lights,” Diwali usually lasts five days, and is celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance” (hence, the “festival of lights” nickname).

During Diwali, people wear their finest clothes, light up their homes (inside and outside) with oil lamps and candles, light fireworks, partake in family feasts, exchange gifts, and spend time in worship.

While pandemic-related restrictions might impact how Diwali is recognized this year, there’s no doubt that it will be celebrated. On behalf of our 13,000 people nationwide and in Canada, and of our InspirAsian employee network group members, I’d like to wish those who observe this religious holiday a Happy Diwali.

John Lee
National InspirAsian Leader, Employee Network Group



Our InspirAsian network engages the firm’s Asian professionals in career development opportunities and cultural events