Diwali sparkles on vast Commonwealth Canvas

This is the first Diwali message that I have written as Chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation, which is a role I took up after an election in January of this year. The Foundation is the counterpart of the Commonwealth Secretariat and is a people’s organisation, advancing the viewpoint of civil society regarding governance and cultural wishes and presenting their recommendations…

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‘Real Diwali’ goes beyond sweets and fireworks

New Zealand now probably has the longest Diwali season compared to any other country in the world. Different celebrations on successive weekends either side of Diwali now extend over several weeks, enabling the participation of many New Zealanders. With the growing number of homes that are decorated with lights also comes a greater awareness of Diwali in communities, especially in…

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Religious plurality transcends the festive spirit

Diwali, also known as the ‘Festival of Lights,’ is a Festival of significance celebrated throughout the Indian Subcontinent and any place with a large Indian population. Diwali is celebrated through family gatherings, buying new clothes, enjoying special treats and watching the fireworks that drive away evil spirits to bring luck and prosperity in the New Year. Cities glow with colourful…

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