People’s Alliance Leader Sitiveni Rabuka says it is his hope that we continue to do everything we can to build the relationship of alliance between people of all faiths.
While giving his Diwali message, Rabuka says at the heart of this engagement must be a concern for the well-being of all.
Rabuka says they all wish to see a Diwali where fellow underprivileged citizens do not have to remove items from their grocery baskets in supermarkets, just so they can stay within confined minimum wage budgets, where such citizens do not have to forego basic needs to celebrate festivities, and where such citizens do not have to compromise children’s smiles to keep sustaining basic amenities.
The former Prime Minister adds traditionally, Diwali is celebrated on the darkest night of the year when the necessity and the beauty of lights can be truly appreciated.
He says often Fijians of Indian Origin light up clay lamps outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness.
Rabuka also says many religious communities celebrate Diwali and each one offers a distinctive reason for the celebration that enriches its meaning.
Rabuka says for every community, however, Diwali celebrates and affirms hope, and the triumph of goodness and justice over evil and injustice and these values define the meaning of Diwali.
He adds let us celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, with joy and let us also remember our own obligation to help bring the lights of prosperity, knowledge, health and peace to our households and communities - the key building blocks to a resilient and stronger nation.
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