Prime Minister Scott Morrison has addressed Diwali greetings to Indians around the world and in Australia, stating that the festival’s message has “special meaning” this year as the world reacts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most dramatic shock for generations.
Diwali, which symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance, is celebrated tomorrow.
“For most years we often view this diffusion of darkness as a theoretical concept rather than something to be experienced and overcome. This year Diwali’s message has a special meaning,” Prime Minister Morrison said in a recently released video message.
“Every nation on earth is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lives and livelihoods were lost when we experienced the most dramatic shock in generations. Even so, we have a common hope. Throughout 2020 we have, despite our own fears supported each other, encouraged each other, and stood with each other, “he said.
“We have drawn strength and inspiration from our medical professionals, teachers, cleaners, retail workers, law enforcement, defense and many others who have responded to the crisis with compassion and professionalism,” he added.
Australia has recorded 27,676 coronavirus cases and 907 deaths from the virus infection. According to Johns Hopkins University, the global balance is 52,681,305 cases and 1,292,279 deaths.
Prime Minister Morrison said Australia is the most successful multicultural nation in the world and “at Diwali I pay tribute to everyone who brought this tradition to our coast”.
“Yes, we have seen darkness this year, but the light overcomes this darkness. There is light before us and there is hope. Greetings to everyone who celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights. It is a special moment for many people Faiths. “Said Scott Morrison in his message.
Other politicians who gave their greetings were opposition leader Anthony Albanese, who hoped that next year people could celebrate the festival of lights together.
“I wish you all a wonderful Diwali Festival. As a celebration of the victory of light over darkness, it is a welcome and timely antidote to the uncertainty that surrounds us,” said Albanese, adding, “We all had to adjust to reality the coronavirus pandemic, despite all these upheavals, Diwali will be seen as an impressive expression of your tradition and your spirituality, your devotion and your faith. “
Mr. Albanese said, “I sympathize with those who cannot return to their ancestral homes and those who cannot celebrate with their families this year.”
There are over 7.00,000 people of Indian descent living in Australia while Indian migrants are the main source of new Australian citizens. Over 28,000 Indian nationals became Australian citizens last year.
Meanwhile, the prime minister announced the national vaccination policy for Australians on Friday, saying the government would give priority to vaccinating the elderly and those particularly susceptible to the virus.
“The Commonwealth’s national vaccination policy was approved by the National Cabinet today,” Prime Minister Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
“It is another sign that we are working together as a country to prepare to distribute and administer these vaccines across the country when they are ready,” he said.
Prime Minister Morrison also announced that all states and territories except Western Australia have agreed to reopen internal borders by Christmas.
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