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The spirit of Diwali lights up nation

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

THE wet weather condition around the country did not stop the spirit of Diwali last night.

Different coloured lights crawled on house walls and gates just like how spiders carefully weave their web.

Fireworks sparked the dark skies with different shapes, sizes and sounds.

Hindu ladies wore different saree and salwar kameez while some men came out in casual to share sweets and Indian delicacies with invited guests.

Around the greater Suva area, it was evident that not only the Hindus celebrated Diwali as those of other faiths also enjoyed the festivity with firecrackers.

Cars were queued in some streets in Suva as people lined up to see the lights and fireworks displayed by many Fijian of Indian descent.

Government offices and business houses all around the country celebrated this festivity with colleagues last week and some continued on earlier this week.

Workers came in their best choice of Indian costumes and shared sweets with each other.

And as people enjoyed the festivities, authorities maintained watch to ensure the safety of people and property.

This newspaper last night observed police officers patrolling the streets.

The fireworks came to a stop after 10pm last night following warnings by authorities.