By: Anuj Ismail Special Correspondent Canada
The Indian community who are residing miles away from their soil will be celebrating the festival of lights Diwali on November 11, in their own way. Interestingly the school and colleges across the country will be closed on November 11, for Remembrance Day.
What is Remembrance Day?: On Remembrance Day, members of the armed forces (soldiers, sailors, and airmen) are commemorated. The other common name for this day is Armistice Day, which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting World War I. On November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the last minute of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). As many as 100,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First and Second World Wars.
The students who have come to Canada this year are overwhelmed that they will not have classes on that day, so that they will be able to celebrate the festival of lights midst their friends.
Rajendra Kumar, student of International business said,” This the first time that I am away from my family, I will miss my family on this day however I am happy about the fact that I do not have to attend the class. I will be going at the Indian community centre to celebrate the festival of lights. ”
Dheeraj Singh, who is pursuing network and technology, said,” I have invited my friends over to my place for Laxmi Puja, and light up my house with DIAS, followed by dinner. We will not be playing with firecrackers, as I do not want to pollute the environment. ”
”I overwhelmed about the fact that I will not have to attend my classes and get a day off, similar to what happens in India, I will be going out with my friends and burst crackers and have a good time. I will miss my parents; however, it feels like home away from home. ”