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Young Led Diwali Way, Says PM

I can recall watching Fijian children of all backgrounds stand hand-in-hand in Diwali celebrations, share sweets, light candles, and dress up in traditional wear -- united by happiness and friendship.
27 Oct 2019 11:36
Young Led Diwali Way, Says PM
Rishikul Primary School students and teachers in their special Diwali attire on October 25, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Diwali has always brought joy into the lives of every Fijian, but that joy has always shone especially bright in the eyes of our children.

For many decades, our national unity ran scarce and our society was marred by division. Still, I can recall watching Fijian children of all backgrounds stand hand-in-hand in Diwali celebrations, share sweets, light candles, and dress up in traditional wear — united by happiness and friendship.

Through their open embrace of their fellow Fijians’ celebrations, our children gave us all a window into the powerful potential of a united Fiji — supplying the light that guided us from those darker chapters of our history.

Many years on, we are finally living up to the ideals long exemplified by our youth. Our nation finally sits squarely on the side of light, knowledge and justice in the great struggle over darkness, ignorance and oppression. Now our unity spans across generations, ethnicities, religions and provinces, as we together share in the opportunity and prosperity of our growing nation.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The joy we all find during Diwali – the Festival of Lights – is one of Fiji’s greatest and most enduring blessings. May that spirit of shared humanity inspire us not only today but through every day in the year ahead.

I wish you all a very happy and blessed Diwali.

Rishikul Primary School students and teachers in their speacial Diwali attire on October 25, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Rishikul Primary School students and teachers in their special Diwali attire on October 25, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

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