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Speaker hails India for promoting cultural diversity

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Catherine Gotani-Hara

Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara has hailed the Indian government for promoting cultural diversity.

Hara made the remarks during this year’s States’ Day and Diwali festival at the India High Commissioner’s Residence in Lilongwe on Saturday.

“Culture is very important and is part of us. We need to learn from India. Our cultural backgrounds should not divide us but bring us together,” she said.

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Cultural performances and Indian cuisines formed part of the celebrations.

Indian High Commissioner to Malawi Shri Gopalakrishnan said Diwali is one of the largest festivals in the world.

“Diwali brings people together. Malawi and India have a lot of similarities. We, as India High Commission, try to bring Indians to Malawi so that they can interact with indigenous Malawians,” he said.

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Diwali is one of the important festivals in India.

In other parts of the world, it is known as the Festival of Lights, where people illuminate oil lamps or candles to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

Diwali also marks the beginning of a new year to some people, such that they meet friends and exchange gifts.

The exact date of the festival is determined by the position of the moon but it usually happens between October and November.

For the past two years, Diwali was, due to the Covid pandemic, celebrated with restrictions. This year’s celebrations were held without restrictions.

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