Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil, says Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani
National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) celebrated ‘Diwali’, the biggest Hindu festival, with great fanfare on Friday.
A large number of people including members of the Hindu community participated in the festivities.
Speaking on the occasion, the Hindu community’s religious leaders thanked Lok Virsa for arranging the festival and bringing members of different communities together. “We want to celebrate each and every festival together as all the festivals belong to this soil,” they said.
Lok Virsa Executive Director Fouzia Saeed welcomed the participants and said Lok Virsa would annually organize such festivals to promote peace and harmony in the country.
Dressed in traditional costumes, the participants enjoyed to their full. Speakers thanked Lok Virsa and government for organizing special event to celebrate Dewali festival.
Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council and Member of National Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani attended the ceremony.
He said that the Diwali festival signifies the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. He was addressing a special ceremony, organized at Lok Virsa, to mark the Hindu religious festival Diwali in Islamabad.
The chief guest MD Bait-ul-Mal Barrister Abid Waheed Shiekh and Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr Fauzia Saeed also expressed their views on the occasion.
Dr Ramesh urged that the teachings of all religions ask their followers to respect other religions, which is essential for a peaceful society. He said that all peace-loving citizens must join hands with each other for promoting the interfaith harmony across the country.
The member parliament who belongs to Thar highlighted that Thar is the only part of Pakistan where Hindu and Muslims have been living together for hundreds of years without any religious prejudice and intolerance.
Dr. Ramesh Vankwani also appealed to the Hindu community for special prayers on the occasion of Diwali for peace, progress and well-being of Pakistan. On the occasion, a large number of Hindu families residing in twin cities participated to celebrate the Diwali while various artists belonging to Thar were also present.
Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is the biggest festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world. People from all walks of life decorate their homes with “diyas”, earthenware oil lamps and candles.