The Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi and SODELPA MP, Ro Teimumu Kepa says in Fiji, Diwali is an event, observed and celebrated not only by Hindus but also our people in general who make up our multi-religious and multi-cultural community.
Ro Teimumu highlighted this as she wishes the best to the Hindu community as they celebrate Diwali.
She says this year’s celebration is significant as the nation continues to brace from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Ro Teimumu says our diversity, in celebrations such as Diwali should be used as an instrument to seek freeing the spirit of the nation, to unite and rebuild it and propel Fiji on the path to becoming a just, tolerant and democratic nation.
She says many families and livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19 and it has certainly been a challenging year for everyone.
She says the resilience of our people in the midst of this pandemic and their spontaneous acts of kindness towards other affected citizens shows the depth of goodness the people of Fiji have in giving us all hope and the will to defeat this darkness and to defeat this evil.
She says the ambiance surrounding Diwali provides an opportunity for families to come together in unison and reflect upon the times of strength and weakness, enlighten themselves with knowledge, gather to determine the right pathway to follow and to dispel ignorance if they are to seek victory.
Ro Teimumu says Fiji is blessed with its rich diversity and is multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic which are the foundation of building a Fiji where her people respects and values the differences that each of us carry.
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