Hindu Devotees across the globe light up lamps and engage in
religious observances with the expectation of dispelling darkness of ignorance
and illuminating wisdom.
Deepavali festival is a renowned cultural celebration where
the devotees extend wishes of enlightenment and share greetings with love and
compassion. In my view, cultural
festivals of this nature provide great opportunity to build communal
reconciliation and mutual understanding among the people and empower ethnic and
At a time when the entire world is facing unprecedented
difficulties due to COVID19 pandemic, such an opportunity to observe and
celebrate one’s own religious beliefs is, indeed, a consolation. I believe Hindu devotees living in the
country and overseas would jointly commit themselves to God to seek solace
during this Deepavali festive season. I
believe it would be a blessing for our objective to establish a righteous
society and a healthy lifestyle in the country.
Finally, I wish all those who celebrate this festival of
enlightenment would attain the inner peace they expect.
President of Sri lanka
November 14, 2020