This Diwali is special: Fiji Prime Minister to Indian community


SUVA: Wishing the Indian community in Fiji a Diwali, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said this year’s celebration is special as the world has overcome the Covid pandemic.

“I thank God that we live in a country where we can share so openly the celebrations of all our fellow Fijians… Fijians from all walks of life were draped in colorful sarees, salwar kameez and kurtas and the workplaces were decorated,” Bainimarama said in a statement. video message posted on Twitter.

A significant number of Fiji-Indians celebrate Ramlila and Diwali with traditional rituals, and they are among the main events held on the islands. Like their Indian counterparts, Fiji celebrates Diwali with elaborate lighting and candle decorations. It is also a national holiday in the country.

“This Diwali is special because we celebrate it with the assurance that our resilience has prevailed over the pandemic and with happiness that our recovery is here. Light has overcome darkness. Good has overcome evil.

Diwali in Fiji is a five-day festival, beginning with Dhanteras, then Hanuman Jayanti and Narak Chaturdashi, followed by Diwali, then Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj celebrations. Indians make up about 38% of Fiji’s population, and in 2021, about 3.20 lakh Indians live in the South Pacific nation, according to the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

They are mostly descendants of ‘Girmitiyas’, or indentured labourers, brought to the islands by British colonial rulers between 1879 and 1916 to work on Fiji’s sugar cane plantations. The vast majority of Indo-Fijians trace their origins to Bihar and southern India.

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