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PRIME MINISTER VOREQE BAINIMARAMA’S DIWALI MESSAGE 2017

This year, we welcome Diwali during one of the most eventful and remarkable times in Fijian history. Last week, for the first time ever, we held our national Fiji Day
19 Oct 2017 11:49
PRIME MINISTER VOREQE BAINIMARAMA’S DIWALI MESSAGE 2017

This year, we welcome Diwali during one of the most eventful and remarkable times in Fijian history.

Last week, for the first time ever, we held our national Fiji Day celebrations in Nadi where thousands of Fijians from our Western Division came together to celebrate the 47th Anniversary of our Independence. Just this week, Fiji’s light on the global stage shone brighter than ever, as we closed out our pre-COP event in Denarau, ahead of our COP23 Presidency.

Our pre-COP event was the largest the world had ever seen, as we welcomed 300 delegates from 68 countries and, together, we put the world in the best possible position to fully implement the Paris Agreement in Bonn, Germany this November.

In the midst of all of this, we are now marking one of the most joyous occasions on the Fijian calendar and a proud tradition in our national life, Diwali – the festival of lights.

All across the nation, Fijians are lighting candles and setting off fireworks to commemorate this important national holiday and, more importantly, spending time with their families and loved ones to reflect and celebrate the joy and goodness of life.

We are a nation blessed with many cultures and religious traditions, and we are a people blessed with a spirit of openness that allows us to come together to share in each other’s celebrations. Our acceptance and our unity, as one nation and one people, are our greatest strengths, and those values will continue to carry Fiji to even greater heights in the years ahead.

The spiritual significance of Diwali—the appreciation for life and opportunity for reflection—is something that all Fijians can appreciate. So this Diwali, let us again join our Hindu brothers and sisters in recognising how far Fiji has come, and strengthen our bonds as one Fijian family.

To all Fijians, I wish you a joyful Diwali.

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