August 14, 2015 – India Independence Day
I would like to extend best wishes to members of the Canadian Indian community on the occasion of India Independence Day.
On August 15, 1947, India obtained its independence after years of British rule. On the eve of independence, Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru said “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.”
Independence Day is a joyous occasion, celebrated throughout India with flag raising ceremonies and the flying of thousands of brightly coloured kites in the evening sky – symbolizing freedom.
Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. Toronto’s diverse communities share and celebrate their cultures and traditions with residents in every corner of our city.
As a city proud of its multiculturalism, each and every community plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.