22nd November 05:04 AM
Diwali has always served as a bridge linking Fijian communities - Bainimarama
By Anamika Singh
Thursday 08/11/2018
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says Diwali has always served as a bridge that linked Fijian communities to one another in kindred celebration.

In his Diwali message, Bainimarama wished every Fijian a very happy and blessed Diwali and said that it is a festival that has long been among the most special and joyful celebrations on the Fijian calendar.

Bainimarama says for generations, the Fijian people have joined hands to celebrate the festival of lights, and for generations, Diwali celebrations have served as a triumphant display of the diversity of faith that we are so fortunate to enjoy in the country.

He says that he has warm memories of Diwali that stretch all the way back to his youth where he remembers the happiness of the Hindu brothers and sisters year after year.

Bainimarama says that he remembers the happiness he felt watching their festivities, and always being welcomed with open arms to share in the joy of their celebrations.

He says every Fijian, regardless of background, enjoys the spectacle of the fireworks, the wonderful color of this festival and the warm glow of the candles and lamps that adorn communities across Fiji all of which are happy reminders of the joy and goodness of what life has to offer.

Bainimarama says that Diwali is a celebration of victory of good over evil and a spiritual victory is one that speaks to every Fijian, as well all who strive to walk a better and higher path in their daily lives, replacing anger with patience, selfishness with gratitude, camaraderie and understanding.

He says even in those tragic times of our history when Fijians were pitted against one another, divided along ethnic and religious lines, Diwali has always served as a bridge that linked Fijian communities.

The Prime Minister says that those moments of happiness we shared together, even in the darkest of times, gave us all a glimpse into the remarkable potential of a united, inclusive Fiji.

Bainimarama has asked that this Diwali, we once again celebrate the spirit of openness and togetherness that defines the Fijian character.

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