PM Theresa May’s Diwali Message
7 November 2018
Every year, I look forward to the night when the darkness of a British autumn is broken by the lights of Diwali.
The Festival of Light has been called a “joyful day for minds and hearts and souls”, and it certainly is a spectacle to behold as streets, homes and temples across the country are illuminated and shop windows fill with wonderful sweets and treats.
But, as members of our Hindu community come together with their friends and families – and as Sikhs gather to mark Bandi Chhor Divas – it is also an opportunity for us all to reflect on the story behind the festival. On the triumph of light over darkness; of knowledge over ignorance; and ultimately, of good over evil.
That message lies at the heart of the story of Britain’s million-strong Indian community, which for so long has worked so hard to sow the seeds of integration, extend the hand of friendship and help make the UK the thriving, outward-looking nation it is today.
And it is also a lesson we would all do well to learn, wherever our roots lie and whatever faith we follow.
So, this week, let us all open our hearts and minds to the story behind the Festival of Light.
And, to all those celebrating, let me wish you a very happy Diwali and happy Bandi Chhor Divas.