Diwali shows unity: Reddy
The FijiFirst Government has created a new direction for Fiji, one which moves the country forward in unity between all the ethnic groups in Fiji.
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy made this statement during a Diwali celebration at Kshatriya Hall in Labasa on Saturday night. Mr Reddy said this movement calls for equality, fairness, love, understanding, respect, values, virtues and acceptance for all. “Diwali’s primary message encompasses all these principals and I call upon all Fijians to celebrate this festival with each other in genuine peace and harmony,” he said.
“I call upon all my Fijian brothers and sisters to extend to the community at large and integrate with all ethnic groups to practice new dimensions of what Diwali’s true essence is.
“Diwali in Fiji reminds us of the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers had made in order to peacefully integrate in a multiracial nation. “We should be proud of the unique blend of traditions and cultures that has passed from many generations. “The key essence of Diwali is for people to follow the good path and not to resort to injustice.
“The path of righteous, truth, and justice were the key principles on which Lord Rama’s life evolved.” The Diwali celebration was organised by the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji Labasa branch and Akhil Shree Sanatan Dharm Brahaman Purohit Sabha Vanua Levu. “The theme for this memorable event ‘promoting unity in diversity amongst all Fijians’ is highly significant as Diwali is one of those festivals which cuts across all religious, social and economic differences and is celebrated in unity,” Mr Reddy said.
“On this auspicious occasion let me remember our fellow Fijians who fell at the hands of the fury of Cyclone Winston.
“I also pray for those that have left us and ask the almighty to shower his care and love on their families. Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji national president Sarju Prasad said every year they have this Diwali celebration to bring together as many people as possible including the young generation. Edited by Maraia Vula