DIWALI in Rakiraki was a muted affair in terms of lights and celebrations but the fighting spirit of the business community more than made up for the lack of fanfare, said interim special administrator Seini Raiko-Vunivutu.
Ms Raiko-Vunivutu said the establishment of new businesses and the commitment shown by Rakiraki's enterprises was a real reflection of the new dawn signalled by the festival of lights.
"The Diwali season is the celebration of a new year. This should give us emphasised focus on new beginnings and an opportunity to move past old hang-ups.
"The best treats that you can give yourself this season is to look ahead and focus on the future but this is only possible if you let bygones be bygones," she said.
"Four new local businesses are starting up in Rakiraki next week and this is a good indication of increased investor confidence in the growing town.
"People of Ra are very resilient and will always get back on their feet, no matter how difficult the unforeseen circumstances.
"I wish everyone in Ra, and the kai Ra in Fiji and abroad who have always contributed constructively to development discussions for the town, a very fruitful Diwali and prosperous New Year," she added.
Meanwhile, staff of the Ra Subdivisional Hospital hosted all government agencies and stakeholders to Diwali lunch at the nurses home in Rakiraki.
Chief guest, Ms Vunivutu-Raiko acknowledged the spirit of teamwork and oneness that prompted the initiative.
"This is the first time that a government agency has hosted such an event in my term here and is an indication of the new mind-set that is prevalent now in Rakiraki.
"The support shown by the agencies and families of staff represented here today confirms this," she said.