Canadians celebrated Diwali, a five-day Hindu festival of lights, on Nov. 12. Diwali celebrates good triumphing over evil, and is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and some Buddhists. Celebrations include fireworks, feasts, and prayer. In Winnipeg, students celebrated with singing, dancing, and lights. A Hindu temple in Surrey, B.C., also celebrated with lamp lighting. In Nova Scotia, a northern Indian chef made a Punjabi brunch menu to mark Diwali. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recognized the contributions of Canadians from Hindu, Jain, Sikh, and Buddhist communities. In Diwali celebrations overseas, people in India set a Guinness World Record by lighting more than 2.22 million lamps. In Pakistan, people celebrated with fireworks and sweets. In Sri Lanka, devotees lit oil lamps at a Hindu temple. In Britain, Hindu Prime Minister Rishi Sunak lit candles with his family outside 10 Downing Street before visiting a Hindu temple in Southampton.
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