Brampton City Council just approved a fireworks display for Diwali starting next year.
For those of you who are unaware, millions celebrate Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, by attending fireworks displays, prayers and celebratory gatherings across the world every autumn.
With a population of 161,180 Hindu, Jains and Sikh residents in Brampton, Diwali is celebrated by over 30 per cent of Brampton’s population, indicating a strong local audience for this event.
At the January 16 council meeting, a group requested Brampton City Council to consider hosting a municipal fireworks display in celebration of Diwali.
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City staff later proposed a two-hour event from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m that will include stage programming and fireworks, similar to the New Year’s Eve event. However, they have yet to report further details about the event.
The cost of the municipal Diwali fireworks display will be approximately $90,000, including fireworks, stage programming, operations, safety and security, and event marketing. The budget has been included in the 2020 Economic Development and Culture operating budget submission.
The city aims to grow this festival into a signature event for Brampton next year and beyond.
Currently, Brampton hosts two annual municipal fireworks displays, one to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st at Chinguacousy Park and the other on December 31st in Garden Square to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
What do you think of this new addition to Brampton’s annual municipal fireworks displays?