Diwali or Deepawali, the Hindu Festival of lights, signifying the victory of luminescence over darkness, good over evil has gone global in today’s ever shrinking world.
The Indian diaspora, especially Gujaratis and Punjabis, present in every corner on earth since centuries have been celebrating this festival of joy, believed to have started with the God King Ram returning to his kingdom after banishment of 14 years to uphold his father’s promise and in the meanwhile rescuing along with brother Laxman, his abducted wife Sita from the clutches of Demon King Ravan and vanquishing his evil empire.
Priti Patel, The UK home secretary visited Neasden temple and Iskcon temple in UK along with Premier Boris Johnson on the occasion of Diwali.
Boris Johnson had won earlier praise for his Diwali message in 2019 too.
US President Biden and first lady wished happy Deepawali to all amidst the reports of US lawmakers introducing bill to declare Deepavali a federal holiday.
Australian PM Scott Morrison also wished Diwali, speaking in Hindi with his “firang” accent.