25 October 2022

Media Release

The Ministry of Education, Heritage, and Arts (MEHA) wishes all Fijians a happy, prosperous and safe Diwali.

Minister for Education, Heritage, and Arts, Premila Kumar, said that Fiji is unique as people from all walks of life join together to celebrate religious festivals from diverse cultures and faiths.

“We are fortunate to live in a vibrant nation that has the essence of “veilomani”

— irrespective of our background, we all come together to share in our respective religious holiday, and this is especially evident in our schools where students participate in each other’s festivities and cultural activities,” said the Minister.

Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. It is a time of love, happiness, and new beginnings – values that are universal.

The festival is frequently linked to the return of Lord Rama, Sita and  Lakshman from exile by numerous regional  beliefs, as well as Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth , Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of knowledge and Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.

The Minister hopes that every Fijian will take this opportunity to spend time with their loved ones and enjoy the festival of lights.

Parents and guardians are also reminded to be mindful of the whereabouts of their children at all times and to supervise them when they are handling fireworks.

The Ministry once again wishes all Fijians a joyous, safe, and prosperous Diwali, especially our young ones.