Wishing Diwali Indians across the world and in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this year’s festival message had “special significance” as the world responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has unfolded. spread over generations. This is the most dramatic shock.
Deepawali, which symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance, will be celebrated tomorrow.
Prime Minister Morrison said in a recently released video message: “For most of the year we often see this spread of darkness as a theoretical concept rather than something experienced and overcome. This year, Diwali’s message has special significance. “
“Every nation on Earth is responding to the COVID-19 epidemic. Life and livelihood have been lost because we have experienced the most dramatic setback in generations. Despite this, we have a common hope. In 2020, despite our own fears “We did it. We supported each other, we encouraged each other and we held each other, ”he said.
“We have drawn our strength and inspiration from our healthcare professionals, teachers, scavengers, retail workers, law enforcement and defense personnel and many others who have responded to the crisis with compassion and professionalism, ”he said.
There have been 27,676 coronavirus cases and 907 deaths from viral infections in Australia. According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 52,681,305 cases and 1,292,279 deaths worldwide.
Prime Minister Morrison said Australia is the most prosperous multicultural nation in the world and “on this Diwali I pay tribute to all who have brought this tradition to our shores”.
“Yes, we have seen darkness this year, but the light overcomes that darkness. There is light ahead, and there is hope. Warm greetings to all who celebrate Deepawali, the festival of lamps. It is a special time for people of many religions. . ”“ Scott Morrison said in his post.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albany, who said he hoped to be able to celebrate the Festival of Lights together next year, also praised the other politicians.
“I wish you all a glorious Diwali festival. As a celebration of the victory of light over darkness, it is the most welcoming and timely antidote to the uncertainty that surrounds us, ”said Mr. Albnis.” We all need to adjust to the realities of the coronovirus epidemic, but in the midst of all this turmoil, Diwali will stand tall as a remarkable expression of your tradition and spirituality, dedication and faith. “
“I sympathize with those who have not been able to return to their ancestral homes and who are unable to celebrate with their families this year,” Mr. Albnis said.
Australia has over 7.00,000 people of Indian descent, while Indian expats are the main source of new Australian citizens, with over 28,000 Indian nationals who became Australian citizens last year.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister on Friday announced a national vaccination policy for Australians, saying the government would prioritize vaccination of the virus among the elderly and people in particular.
Prime Minister Morrison told reporters in Canberra: “The Commonwealth’s National Immunization Policy is now supported by the National Cabinet”.
“This is another sign that together as a country we are working to prepare ourselves and be able to produce all the vaccines in the country,” he said.
Prime Minister Morrison further announced that all states and territories except Western Australia have agreed to reopen internal borders by Christmas.
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