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Festival’s message has special significance this year: Aus PM

Extending Deepavali greetings to Indians across the globe and in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the festival’s message carries “a special significance” this year as the world is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most dramatic shock in generations.

Festival’s message has special significance this year: Aus PM
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Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison

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“Most years, we often think of this dispelling of darkness as a theoretical concept rather than something that is experienced and overcome. This year, Deepavali’s message has a special significance,” Prime Minister Morrison said in a video message released recently.

“Every nation on earth is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lives and livelihoods have been lost as we have witnessed the most dramatic shock in generations. Despite this, we have a common hope. Throughout 2020, despite our own fears, we have 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 staff, police and defence force personnel and so many more who have responded to the crisis with compassion and professionalism,” he added.

Australia has recorded 27,676 coronavirus cases and 907 deaths due to the viral infection. The global tally, according to Johns Hopkins University, stands at 52,681,305 cases and 1,292,279 deaths.

Prime Minister Morrison said Australia is the most successful multicultural nation on earth and “at this Deepavali, I pay tribute to all those who have brought this tradition to our shores”.

“Yes, we have seen darkness this year, but the light is overcoming that darkness. There is light ahead, and there is hope. Warmest greetings to everyone celebrating Deepavali, the festival of lights. It’s a special moment for people of many faiths,” Scott Morrison said in his message.

Other politicians who extended their greetings include Opposition leader Anthony Albanese who said he hoped next year people will be able to celebrate the festival of lights together.

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