President Mahinda Rajapaksa today urged the Hindu community in Sri Lanka to actively participate in the reconciliation process as they celebrate the festival of Deepavali, or Festival of Lights, which celebrates the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over darkness.
“The Hindus of Sri Lanka, join their fellow believers the world over today in celebrating this great festival with the worship of deities, spiritual chanting and lighting the flames of worship shrines, and illuminating their homes, combined with the joy of festivity. All of this is an expression of veneration and gratitude to the Hindu deities for the attainment of knowledge and understanding to overcome the evils that arise from ignorance,” the President said in his message to mark the celebrations.
He noted that the festive day of Deepavali, which underlines the great spiritual values of Hinduism, is filled with the spirit of love and devotion, and is an occasion for Hindus to strive for greater spirituality, foster understanding among communities, and increase harmony among people.
“The religious practices and festivities that go with this festival will also add to the spirit of reconciliation that prevails in the country, for which, one looks forward to the eager and active participation of the Hindu community. May this Festival of Lights bring understanding, peace and joy among all followers of Hinduism. I wish all Hindus of Sri Lanka a happy and peaceful Deepavali,” he said.