As Brampton and Mississauga tighten their rules around fireworks, the biggest holidays of the year for many South Asian communities will experience a change in traditions. Thousands of Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs typically come together for worship and celebration, which traditionally involves the use of fireworks. However, due to safety concerns and increasing complaints, fireworks restrictions have been implemented.
In Brampton, fireworks have been completely banned on private property, with the exception of a city-run Diwali Mela event. While some Hindu spiritual leaders, such as Yudhishthir Dhanrajh, believe the ban is unfair, they acknowledge the need for public safety. Dhanrajh suggests finding alternative ways to bring light to celebrations without fireworks.
Similarly, Mississauga has imposed restrictions on fireworks, limiting their use to designated days and private property. The city has also implemented hefty fines for violators. These measures aim to address safety concerns as well as the disruption caused by illegal fireworks activities.
Amid these restrictions, South Asian communities are exploring alternatives to fireworks for their festivities. For example, lighting candles and decorating homes with lights are simple yet meaningful ways to celebrate. Additionally, spending quality time with friends and family while reflecting on the true significance of these holidays is encouraged.
Why were fireworks banned in Brampton and Mississauga?
The ban on fireworks in Brampton and the restrictions in Mississauga were imposed due to safety concerns and numerous complaints received by the municipalities. There were instances of fireworks being set off late into the night and in close proximity to residential areas.
What are the alternatives to fireworks?
Instead of fireworks, South Asian communities have embraced other forms of celebration, such as lighting candles and decorating homes with lights. These alternatives provide a safe and festive atmosphere while respecting the communities’ traditions.
How are fines being implemented for fireworks violations?
In Mississauga, fines of up to $100,000 have been approved for significant fireworks rule violators. These fines primarily target those who sell illegal fireworks and engage in disruptive or dangerous activities involving fireworks. The goal is to deter such behavior and ensure community safety.