Priti Patel, International Development Secretary, urged the Indian community remember the sufferings of people in Syria….reports Asian Lite News
“While we celebrate, we remember that from Syria to Sudan, there are millions of people living in fear of war and conflict, or living with the repercussions of a humanitarian disaster, as we have witnessed in Haiti where at least 200,000 homes have been affected,” Priti said in her Diwali message. The full message is below:
The Festival of Lights is one of the world’s most iconic religious celebrations. Throughout the world, millions of people come together with their families and communities to celebrate this truly special occasion.
I’m proud that in Britain, Diwali has been embraced by our whole country. As Temples and Gurdwaras open their doors to their local communities, people of all faiths and none join Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and hope over fear.
This beautiful celebration is one filled with joy and happiness. It is a time when we share food with our neighbours and carry out other kind gestures that help to bind our communities together. It is also a time to reflect on the true meaning of Diwali.
While we celebrate, we remember that from Syria to Sudan, there are millions of people living in fear of war and conflict, or living with the repercussions of a humanitarian disaster, as we have witnessed in Haiti where at least 200,000 homes have been affected. Diwali prompts us to consider how fortunate we are to live peaceful and comfortable lives, and the importance of offering hope to those who are suffering and less fortunate. My Department continues to keep its promise to the world’s poorest people, and during these five days of festivities, millions more will also give hope to those less fortunate by donating generously to charities and good causes to help those in need.
Now is also a time to celebrate the achievements of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain diaspora communities in the UK. For me, this is an opportunity to shine a light on those individuals who take this country from strength to strength; it is a moment in time that reminds us that patience, optimism, and hope brings success and rewards.
I wish everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights a happy and peaceful Diwali and my best wishes for the future.