Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s 2012 Diwali Message


Every child in Fiji grows 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.

The essential message of Diwali is the triumph of good over evil. Light is cast upon darkness, justice reigns over oppression. It is a message of deep significance for all Fijians.

Like all of our religious festivals in Fiji, it is also a time to reflect on the spiritual aspect of our lives and the strength we derive from our beliefs.

For me, Diwali symbolises the light we must all shine on our shortcomings as individuals and as a nation and overcome them.

In this Festival of Lights, may we all find peace and joy and a renewed commitment to caring for each other. This is the central message of all our religions that we must all embrace to build a unified nation and a better, stronger Fiji

I wish you all a very happy and blessed Diwali.

J.V Bainimarama
Prime Minister