I would like to wish you all a happy Diwali.
I celebrate Diwali in very much the same way every year. For me, Diwali means being at home with my friends and family, giving and receiving gifts, eating lots of wonderful food and enjoying fireworks in the evening.
Diwali, the festival of lights, creates a magical world of festivity, and emulates the message of peace and prosperity. As the end of an old year nears and the beginning of a new year beckons, Diwali marks a fresh start whilst renewing a commitment to traditional family values. The glorious festival of light represents joy, love, reflection, resolution, forgiveness and knowledge.
The message of Diwali is the victory of good over evil and I would urge everyone to reflect on what they can do as individuals and communities to tackle the modern day evils that exist in this world – crime, poverty, domestic violence, human trafficking, child labour, hunger and the other social evils.
I wish you all enjoy and cherish this year’s Diwali celebrations and work towards securing peace and prosperity for all.