For Immediate Release

March 23rd, 2016

Statement Marking Holi 2016

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, it gives me immense pleasure to join our City’s vibrant Indian community to celebrate Holi.

“Holi represents a time of reflection and renewal. It offers us an opportunity to come together to celebrate the values that connect all of us – hope, friendship and goodwill.

“At the heart of Holi festivities, is the welcoming of the spring season. We celebrate spring as a time of new beginnings and new opportunities for the year ahead.

“With spring come blossoms of vibrant colours from budding flowers; trees; fruits; vegetables; and other natural splendours.

“Families in Mississauga and around the world will celebrate this festival by partaking in dance, lighting bonfires, and painting each other in brightly coloured powders.

“Our City is a more inclusive and dynamic place because of the efforts of our Indian and broader South Asian communities.

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and my family, I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and enriching Holi!

“Holi Hai!”