The Hindus all over the world celebrate Deepavali today. It symbolises the light concurring darkness. This day also commemorates that Lord Krishna destroying the notorious Naraksura from earth. This has resulted a big relief to the people in the earth. This day also denotes a festival of lamps. A lamp is a symbol to show the light over the darkness.
Issuing a greeting message on this day President Maithripala Sirisena said that it is a pleasure to send this message of greetings on the occasion of the festival of Deepavali celebrated by Hindus throughout the world, symbolising the victory of light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance to inculcate noble values such as spiritual discipline and wisdom in the hearts of the people.
The meaning of Deepavali is to illuminate the lives of all individuals, just as lighting a lamp eliminates darkness, and dispels evil. Deepavali is also a unique cultural festival that builds deep bonds of love and kindness between people. Cultural festivals such as Deepavali play a pivotal role in building coexistence and reconciliation among different communities that suffered numerous adversities due to separation over the past decades.
Meanwhile, issuing the Deepavali greeting message Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said today marks Deepavali – the festival of lights. Deepavali underscores the great spiritual values of Hinduism, and is an occasion for Hindus to strive for greater spirituality, foster understanding among communities, and promote harmony among people.
According to the Hindu tradition, this day commemorates the triumph of Lord Krishna over the demon Naraksura and the bringing of light and blessings to this world.
Hindu devotees in Sri Lanka celebrate Deepavali by engaging in religious observances. The festival of Deepavali symbolises the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
Many Ministers including Douglas Devananda and Arumugam Thondaman also extended their Deepavali greetings to the Tamil Hindus in Sri Lanka.