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Diwali A Time of Self Reflection

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar said Diwali was not only a time of merry making, but a time of self-reflection. Ms Akbar said this during the
01 Nov 2015 11:28
Diwali A Time of Self Reflection
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar meets with members of the Natabua Golden Age home at the Diwali Mela celebrations at the field 40 temple grounds in Lautoka on Friday.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar said Diwali was not only a time of merry making, but a time of self-reflection.

Ms Akbar said this during the Diwali Mela celebrations at the Field 40 Temple in Lautoka last Friday.

“The values and principles that Hindus affirm when they commemorate Deepawali are of relevance to all people,” Ms Akbar said.

“They are much in common with the values promoted by our other religions in Fiji like love, respect, sharing and caring.”

She said making Fiji a Secular State was beneficial to all Fijians because it helped honour other cultures and promote values that were common with every Fijian.

“We live in a society rife with crimes like violence against women, children and also youths,” she said.

“Deepawali has become an occasion for social togetherness, both within Hindu communities and between neighbours and friends from all ethnic groups and religions in Fiji.”

She said the occasion marked a time where the public come together as a multi-ethnic community to celebrate the Festival of Lights where people walked together bearing lights for peace and unity.

“Every year organisers of the Deepawali celebrations invite non-profit charitable and welfare organisations to contribute towards the festive care and share programme in aid of needy families,” she said.

“Let us remember those who are less fortunate and who cannot celebrate due to unfortunate circumstances,” she said.

Feedback:  saloteq@fijisun.com.fj



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