President Maithripala Sirisena wishing Lankan Hindus a joyful Deepavali has expressed the hope that it will open up the hearts of all individuals with collective yearning for reconciliation as the festival symbolizes victory of righteousness over evil.
Deepavali is celebrated in a grand manner by the Hindus throughout the world and it also has significance to the other communities as it symbolizes the victory of righteousness over malevolence.
President stated that the eternal truth we see in this Festival of Lights is that since ancient times the human civilization had an ardent desire to make the world a better place.
The illuminated Aloka Puja emphasizes the basic fact that solidarity without divisions is an essential precondition for the sustenance of the world.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha issuing a communiqué stated that Deepavali renews hope in our hearts towards the engagement of the human spirit in overcoming evil with the goodness that exist among mankind.
The Prime Minister said it symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.
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