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Shine this Diwali

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has urged all religions in Fiji that they must work together to build a united nation and a better and stronger Fiji.

In his Diwali message, Commodore Bainimarama said the essential message of Diwali was the triumph of good over evil, a time when light was cast upon darkness and justice reigned over oppression.

"It is a message of deep significance for all Fijians," he said.

Commodore Bainimarama said every child in Fiji grew up with a sense of excitement about Diwali.

"All over the country, candles are lit and Fijians celebrate with their families, friends and neighbours.

"We have a national holiday to mark the occasion because we join our Hindu brothers and sisters to commemorate the Festival of Light," he said.

Commodore Bainimarama said, for him personally, Diwali symbolised the light that shone on our shortcomings as individuals and as a nation.

"In this Festival of Lights, may we all find peace and joy and a renewed commitment to care for each other," Commodore Bainimarama said.

The country celebrates Diwali today.