SBS language | ‘Holi Ki Shubh Kaamnayen’: Australian leaders salute Indian community

Mr Morrison thanked the Indo-Australian community for the love and care they have shown to their families and all Australians. Mr Albanese said Holi has become a fixture on the Australian calendar and has been a great welcome gift to the country.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said he hopes this Holi will be filled with joy and color, good health, happiness and prosperity in the coming year.

Prime Minister Morrison said the festival of colors made more sense this year.

“As we come to the end of a second pandemic year, we can be grateful for the many things that have sustained us – our family, our community and our faith,” he said.

Sir Mr Albanese wished the community on behalf of the Australian Labor Party.

“Just as I wish great joy to the thousands of Australians of Hindu, Sub-Continental and South Asian descent who are celebrating Holi, it gives me a deep sense of happiness to see that this great eruption of color that is throwing gulal (color) has also been embraced by the wider community,” he said.

Mr Hawke said Holi is also a celebration of love and healing relationships.

“It really reflects the unity and strength of our harmonious multicultural communities,” he said.

“Thank you for the important role you have all played in Australia’s united response to the pandemic and other disasters,” Mr Hawke added.

Mr Morrison said Australia is home to people of many diverse faiths who derive great strength and confidence from their beliefs.

“We are the most successful multicultural, multi-faith nation in the world – a beacon that shows what it means to be a liberal, free and democratic people,” Mr Morrison said.

“This is particularly the case for Holi – one of the most important and dynamic events for Indian Australians. This ancient festival of colors brings people together for a joyous celebration.

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