Deepawali – the festival of lights celebrated today

Deepawali – the festival of lights celebrated today

Deepawali – the festival of lights celebrated today

Written by Staff Writer

10 Nov, 2015 | 8:49 am

Hindus in Sri Lanka and across the world will celebrate Deepawali, also known as Diwali, today, November 10.

Deepawali  is called the  Festival of Lights. In many parts of India, families light small oil lamps and candles around the home before setting off fireworks.

President Maithripala Sirisena, wishing Lankan Hindus a joyful Deepawali, has expressed the hope that it will open the hearts of all individuals, with collective yearning for reconciliation, as the festival symbolises victory of righteousness over evil.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his Deepawali message said:

Deepawali renews hope in people’s hearts towards the engagement of the human spirit in overcoming evil with the goodness that exist among mankind. He added:

It symbolises the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

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