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Diwali Builds A Spiritual Life, Says Nakasi Woman

This year Diwali, Divali, Deepavali or Dipavali, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, falls on Monday, October 28.
15 Oct 2019 14:30
Diwali Builds A Spiritual Life, Says Nakasi Woman
From left: Shareen Ali and Arishma Deo doing Diwali shopping at MHCC.

Diwali is a time to empower your spiritual life, to remove the negative vibes and celebrate the festival of lights with loved ones.

This year Diwali, Divali, Deepavali or Dipavali, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, falls on Monday, October 28.

Arishma Deo, 32, of Nakasi, shared these thoughts while shopping for firecrackers at MHCC, Suva with her colleague yesterday.

“It’s also time for the victory of good over evil and the time when we gather with our families and friends to share happiness, sweets and joy as well,” Mrs Deo said.

“My family and I are excited for this auspicious occasion which is why I have already started with Diwali shopping.

“We also started with the house cleaning.

“My children are excited for Diwali and every afternoon I have to buy some of the firecrackers for them,” she said.

Shareen Ali, 28, who is originally from Labasa, said she missed her family who were back in Labasa and this would be her first Diwali without them.

“Diwali is not the time to mourn, but to make the most of it that is why I prefer going from shop to shop looking for Diwali sale to enjoy the festive season,” she said.

Mrs Ali said prices of traditional clothes and firecrackers for this year’s Diwali sale are quite expensive compared with previous years.

“Otherwise, the groceries are cheap,” she said.

“For middle class people, Diwali sale items will not be affordable, but when the day draws near the prices should go down so they can buy as many things as they can,” she said.

She also said the shops could not be blamed for selling at certain price ranges but Diwali was all about happiness not only for wealthy people but for everyone.

“This is the time when we put all our differences aside to get into mutual understanding and exchanging gifts,” she said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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