The 155th Canada Day was celebrated at the Milton Sports Area Event Area A on July 2 with much joy. After singing the Canadian and Indian National Anthem, the Canadian Indian Association of Halton Region President, Mr. Jagmohan Mainra, addressed the event and welcomed all dignitaries and guests. More than 500 guests attended the function. Mr. Mainra said in his speech, “As we celebrate Canada Day today, let us embrace our differences and learn to rejoice in them. India, like Canada, has a lot of diversity and history. This is why most Indians fi nd it so easy to integrate and embrace Canadian life. Cheers to the wonderful Karam bhoomi (the land that gave us our present & future) and cheers to our Matr bhoomi (the land that gave us life). Jai Bharat, Jai Canada.”

To mark the first-ever Canada Day Celebration, the Mayor of Milton, Mr. Gordon Krantz, Councillor Rick Di Lorenzo, and Regional Councillor Mike Cluett came to participate in the celebrations.

The cultural programme included performances of the traditional dance forms such as Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odiya performances, Lavni and Rajasthani dances and different Bollywood patriotic medleys. Show By Diksha Pal Narayan emcees Nik Th akkar and Hetal Shah did an excellent job captivating the audience’s attention throughout the event. Th e board quizzed its audience with interesting facts about Canada and India. A raffl e was organized and had multiple winners.

Nidhi Gupta, a Milton resident who attended the event, said, “This was a fantastic event, which had such a variety of performances, I enjoy all CIA events a lot and am looking forward to the August, Indian Independence Day Celebrations.”

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