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Envoy: Diwali Is A Time For Reflection

The festival of lights, she said, was also an occasion to reach out to the needy and light up the lives of those who were less fortunate than those she had invited to the celebration.
20 Oct 2019 12:03
Envoy: Diwali Is A Time For Reflection
The High Commissioner of India in Fiji Mrs Padmaja (front row in blue and red saree) with guests during the Diwali celebration at India House on October 18, 2019. Photo: High Commission Of India, Suva.

The High Commissioner of India Mrs Padmaja hosted a Diwali celebration at India House on Friday.

In her Diwali message, she said: “Lest we forget, Diwali is also an occasion for all of us to reflect and have in our thoughts those who are unable to celebrate this Diwali for some reason.

“These include – those struggling in life on account of financial or other adversities; away from their loved ones like the soldiers on duty or those Fijian Peacekeepers serving humanity far away from home this Diwali.”

The festival of lights, she said, was also an occasion to reach out to the needy and light up the lives of those who were less fortunate than those she had invited to the celebration.

“That, in the real sense, would be a true celebration of the spirit of Diwali,” she said.

From left: Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar and the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the Diwali celebration at India House on October 18, 2019. Photo: High Commission Of India, Suva.

From left: Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar and the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation
Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the Diwali celebration at India House on October 18, 2019. Photo: High Commission Of India, Suva.

Guests were entertained by cultural performances from the students of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC) based at the High Commission of India in Suva.

They were led by Viveka Nand, renowned musician of Fiji and teacher at the Cultural Centre.

Government ministers, permanent secretaries and the media were at the celebration.

Edited by Percy Kean

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