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Celebrate Diwali with openness and togetherness: PM

November 6, 2018 6:33 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is urging all Fijians to celebrate the spirit of openness and togetherness that defines the Fijian character this Diwali.

In his message to the nation, Bainimarama is also requesting all Fijians to take the time to reflect on our great progress, as one nation and one people, and on what our nation has yet to achieve.

Bainimarama says for generations, the Fijian people have joined hands to celebrate the festival of lights, and for generations, the Diwali celebrations have served as a triumphant display of the diversity of faith that we are so fortunate to enjoy in our country.

He says on this day, every Fijian, regardless of their background, enjoys the spectacle of the fireworks, the wonderful colour of the festival and the warm glow of the candles and lamps that adorn communities across Fiji.

The Prime Minister says even in those tragic times of our history when Fijians were pitted against one another, divided along ethnic and religious lines, Diwali has always served as a bridge that linked Fijian communities to one another in kindred celebration.

Bainimarama is reminding all Fijians take time to spend with our families and loved ones on this Diwali.

He is also wishing all families a joyful Diwali.