Diwali Reception 2016
25 October 2016
Diwali’s a fantastic time for me, where family get to come together. It’s the Festival of Light, so we get to give thanks, be grateful for everything we have, spend time with those we love.
I think for the British Government to invite us to 10 Downing Street actually signifies the contribution that we as Hindus make to [the] UK, and also to share good practice with all faiths.
- D. Ratnasingham:
It is a great pleasure and it shows the solidarity, living the difference and celebrating Diwali.
Diwali and New Year is such a special time for us, that the support of the Prime Minister of our country, as a British Hindu, born and raised here, is really special to me. It just shows how integrated we are as a society.
Prime Minister Teresa May:
We’ve just heard some references to the meaning of Diwali, and when we look at it, I think its relevance extends beyond India, beyond the Indian diaspora, even beyond the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists who, in different ways, mark the festival.
Because its messages apply to every single one of us – whatever our background, and whatever our faith. Charity, sacrifice, responsibility; to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, losing ourselves in the service of others.
Values of good conduct – “dharma” – taking the right path and ensuring that good triumphs over evil. I think it really shows the Indian community in the UK here absolutely at the heart of our British society, you being here in Number 10 Downing Street.