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Understand Message Of Religious Festivals, A-G Urges

As this period marks the importance of women with Goddess Durga being worshipped, the A-G said this brought to light the importance of women in our lives.
25 Oct 2020 09:29
Understand Message Of Religious Festivals, A-G Urges
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum takes a selfie with devotees after the Navratri Puja at the Koronivia Temple in Nausori. Photo: DEPTFO News

Fijians enjoy the right to practise their religion and they have been reminded to use their time of devotion as a period of introspection.

Speaking at the Navratri Puja at the Koronivia Temple, the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum urged the Hindu community to ponder on the message such religious events bring to light.

As this period marks the importance of women with Goddess Durga being worshipped, the A-G said this brought to light the importance of women in our lives.

“If you look at Navratri, the nine nights and it strikes to me as firstly that it is a celebration of Goddess Durga and we give importance to the women in our lives – our mothers, wives and daughters that they are very much part and parcel of our life and we must value them,” he said.

Secondly, the A-G said during this period meditation and prayers were done, it gives individuals the scope to look within themselves as it tries to focus attention on their inner being.

He added that it was important to use religion as a way to make friends and live in harmony rather than use it as a fighting tool.

The A-G explained the importance behind Fiji being a secular state.

“As the Prime Minister said Fiji is a secular state so this simply means that everybody has the right to practise their own faith – Government on the other hand is neutral, it cannot push any particular religion, even during meetings the prayer that takes place is a neutral prayer and it applies to everybody. It does not use terms where people can feel marginalised,” he said.

“It is our duty, our obligation to ensure that everyone has the right to practice their own faith and do so in peace and harmony.”

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