President Mahinda Rajapaksa extending his Deepavali respects to all Sri Lankan Hindus on the occasion of Deepavali, said the festival, a important occasion in the Hindu spiritual calendar celebrates wealth and spreads light of understanding.
It symbolises the victory of good over wickedness and knowledge over be short of of information, he said. The message extra: Being a unifying force, the devotions at Deepavali would seek to encourage huge unity, amity and understanding among all people inhabiting our country irrespective of their ethnic, spiritual, class distinctions.
On this noble day let us reaffirm our commitment to unite the country and construct a people where everybody could live in calm, harmony, self-respect and freedom. May the strength of Deepavali, the 'Festival of Lights' illuminate our land. I wish a happy Deepavali to all Sri Lankan Hindus."