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Ambassador's speech for the celebrations of Deepawali Festival

Posted on: November 04, 2021 | Back | Print

Good Evening,

Ladies and Gentlemen and my dear friends,
A warm welcome to all of you to the celebrations of the festival of lights also known as Deepawali,
I would like to express my special gratitude to Mr./Ms…………….for taking their valuable time to come to today’s festival. 
As we all can relate, festivals play a significant role in making our lives brighter and colorful. Many festivals are celebrated around the world all through the year. In India also several festivals are celebrated with joy and happiness among different communities. 
Diwali or Deepawali is the biggest and the brightest of all festivals celebrated in India. It is largely celebrated in honor of the return of Lord Rama, wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and lord Hanuman to Ayodhya from exile of 14 years after Rama defeated Ravana. It spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. It is the ‘Festival of Lights’ that is marked by millions of lamps and lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities. It is a four day celebration, each of the four days governed by a different tradition. However, what remains true and constant is the celebration of life and its goodness.
    I am happy to see so many colleagues from different countries joining us in today’s celebrations, highlighting the fact that the idea of celebrating Deepavali, the idea of good over eveil and light over darkness resonates with all of us. This is specially true in times when all our nations are fighting the evil of COVID-19. I am proud to tell you that India has been working hard in defeating the virus and recently the cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India surpassed the milestone of 1 billion. The milestone was achieved in just about nine months since the start of the vaccination drive.  
    This year, the Government of India has launched an initiative: Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements. The Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in it’s evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Modi’s vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat. It is an embodiment of all that is progressive about India’s socio-cultural, political and economic identity. AKAM means elixir of energy of independence. It means elixir of inspirations of the warriors of freedom struggle; elixir of new ideas and pledges and nectar of Atmanirbharta. My dear friends and colleagues, today’s celebration is one of the major essence of these celebrations for it showcases India’s rich heritage, traditions and customs. 
In the end, I would like to wish all of you a very Happy Diwali. May it bring peace, happiness and good health in our lives. 
Thank you.