October 26th, 2011
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India celebrates ‘the festival of lights’

diwali greetings

New Delhi: The country celebrates Diwali today. President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation on Diwali and wished everyone joy and happiness. “On the festive occasion of Diwali, I express my greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens. May the festival of lights dispel darkness and gloom and bring joy, happiness and prosperity to the people of our country,” the President greeted.

The “festival of lights, signifies the victory of good over evil and strengthens our resolve to follow true ethical values in our lives. May the noble ideals of the festival usher in peace, prosperity and happiness in our lives,” Vice President Hamid Ansari said. The Prime Minister said the Diwali is a harbinger of peace, joy, and prosperity. “It celebrates the victory of good over evil, and the spreading of the light of learning. It is a national festival in which all communities rejoice in amity and friendship and celebrate the solidarity of the nation. Bring peace and prosperity to all the people of our nation and to the world at large,” Manmohan Singh added.

Diwali greetings are pouring into India from around the world. British Prime Minister David Cameroon in a statement issued from 10, Downing Street said, “I want to send my very best wishes to all our communities here in the United Kingdom and around the world celebrating the festival of Diwali. Diwali, with all its references to friendship, family and fellowship, is something that we can all embrace and celebrate. It gives me enormous pleasure to be able to again host Downing Street`s celebration of Diwali in October.”

“As well as celebrating Diwali, which is so important to British Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, we should also recognise and celebrate the immense contribution the British Hindu and the British Indian community make to our country. In every single sphere you have excelled, bringing our cultures and communities much closer together. So may this New Year bring you great success in your endeavours. I wish you and your family a happy Diwali.”

Even US recognizes the religious and historical significance of Diwali. Considering Diwali to be a festival of great significance to Indian- Americans and South Asian Americans the US Senate passed a resolution. In the resolution the Senate greeted Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in the US and across the globe and lauded the universal message of compassion it offers to the world.

The resolution introduced in the Senate by Senators Robert Menendez, John Cornyn and Mark Warner said, “ Diwali is a festival of lights, during which celebrants light oil lamps, and pray for health, knowledge, peace, wealth, and prosperity.”

“The lights symbolise the light of knowledge within the individual that overwhelms the darkness of ignorance, empowering each celebrant to do good deeds and show compassion to others,”it said.

Senator John McCain said, “The occasion provides an inspiration to recognise the common humanity and reach for values that transcend borders, nationalities, and cultures- the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness”.




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