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MP Maharaj: Celebrate Diwali In Unity

With nine days left to Diwali, Hindus around the country are busy preparing for it. Member of Parliament Alvick Maharaj, who was the chief guest at the Samabula Shiv Mandir
03 Nov 2015 11:52
MP Maharaj: Celebrate Diwali In Unity
Priya Goundar (left), and Sheenal Bidesi performs a classical dance during the Samabula Shiv Mandir Diwali celebration on Sunday night. Photo: Rama

With nine days left to Diwali, Hindus around the country are busy preparing for it.

Member of Parliament Alvick Maharaj, who was the chief guest at the Samabula Shiv Mandir Diwali celebration on Sunday night, has urged everyone to put their differences aside and celebrate Diwali with unity, peace and togetherness.

“Diwali is celebrated to mark Lord Rama’s glorious and long-awaited return to his Kingdom of Ayodhya after having been exiled for fourteen years in the forests,” he said.

“In general, Diwali signifies the triumph of good over evil, of righteousness over treachery, of truth over falsehood, and of light over darkness.”

He called on everyone in the country, young or old, rich or poor and of any faith to come together and enjoy the festive season.

“The Government of Fiji has marked public holiday on Diwali so that everyone can enjoy and celebrate the auspicious occasion,” he said.

Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji national president Sarju Prasad also wished everyone a Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year.

Diwali will be celebrated on November 11.

Meanwhile, the Methodist Church in Fiji is wishing its Hindu brothers and sisters the best of Diwali.
General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa, said Diwali gave all Fijians the chance to share in the festive atmosphere and celebrate cultural diversity.
Their Diwali message, on behalf of the Methodist Church in Fiji is ‘Let your light shine.’
“On behalf of the Methodist Church in Fiji, I would like to wish our Hindu brothers and sisters a Happy Diwali. As a nation we celebrate this day together as a diverse family, let us share our own lights, so that the world may see it,” he said.
“The triumph of good over evil and light over darkness celebrated at Diwali reminds us all of the need for every Fijian to shine the light of righteousness, compassion and friendship in our homes, our communities, our country.”

 

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