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Special Time in Fiji, says Sapkal

Special Time in Fiji, says Sapkal
From left: Ministry of Women and Social Welfare Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal with Senior Citizens Home resident Vidya Wati 62 during the Diwali Celebration organised by the Ministry of Women at the Fiji Museum on November 6, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
November 08
12:30 2018

There is a feeling of unity among Fijians when they celebrate Diwali that not even the rain can dampen.

Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal remembers last year how it rained during Diwali but Fijians celebrated with much enthusiasm and joy.

Yesterday under ideal conditions Diwali was celebrated at the Fiji Museum in Suva led by the Indian High Commissioner and residents of the Senior Citizen’s Home and Homes of Hope.

Mr Sapkal said Diwali this year he enjoyed the great weather and he wished all brothers and sisters of Fiji a  happy Diwali.

“Celebrating Diwali in Fiji is something special because you celebrate all religious festivals with vigour, sincerity and pride, whether it is Diwali, Eid or Christmas,” he said.

“Firecrackers last year were being set off in the rainy weather also which showed how people wait for Diwali.

“Every festival in Fiji is celebrated with the same enthusiasm by everyone.”

He said Diwali was about spreading peace and happiness and that’s why celebrating Diwali in Fiji is something very special for him.

“I don’t see any difference in the celebration of Diwali in Fiji and India because basically Diwali in India is celebrated with the same enthusiasm,” Mr Sapkal said.

“The best part about the festival in Fiji is that everybody is involved in it in some way.”

He said the prevailing unity in diversity was the best thing that he cherished.

“In India and Fiji in that aspect,  we are like brothers,” he said.

Ministry of Women Permanent Secretary, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, said that members of the senior peoples homes should not be disrespected.

Dr Koroivueta said we should not disregard our older people.

“It should be the Fiji that we can be proud of. Our younger generation must respect and care for them,” Dr Koroivueta said.

“They should remember that one day all of us will be old and it is only right that what we do today will be remembered tomorrow.”

Edited by Percy Kean


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