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Observing Holy Days Of Different Religions Makes Fiji Unique: A-G

Observing Holy Days Of Different  Religions Makes Fiji Unique: A-G
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (front/right) celebrates Holi at My Suva Park on March 4, 2018. Photo: Deptfo
March 05
14:52 2018

Fiji is a unique country because it observes all religious celebrations in their respective calendars.

During the Holi Milan Festival of Colours event at My Suva Park yesterday Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji was lucky to be a country where people were able to celebrate the holy days of all different faiths.

“It is unique, we are probably one of the few countries in the world where we have such celebrations, where we have public holidays for occasions such as Diwali, Easter, Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday and Christmas,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said religious events such as Holi and Eid also took place in Fiji and Fijians should cherish the events and ensure that cultural celebrations, cultural understanding and cultural acceptance continue.

He also said Fijians must be able to have, “no restriction” in being able to celebrate with everybody and must guard the opportunity given at the moment.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum continued that Holi, the celebration of colours, was a moment when people put away the past and celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring and the time of harvest.

“It is all about colours, a time of recognising fellow human beings, celebrating diversity,” he said.

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal said Holi was a festival of love and colours, teaching human beings the meaning of unity in diversity.

“We are all different, coming from various backgrounds and countries and Holi teaches us to forget our differences and be united.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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