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Posted on Nov 12, 06:24PM | UNI
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today felicitated the Punjabis living across the country and abroad on the auspicious occasion of Diwali- the festival of lights.
In a message on this sacred occasion, Mr Badal said that Diwali was one of the most colorful and captivating festivals of India that provided us an occasion for rejoicing and merriment.
He said "This festival is a celebration of the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair".
"May Diwali bring peace and prosperity besides enormous happiness to our people", he added.
The Chief Minister also appealed to the people to celebrate Diwali with traditional fervor and gaiety rising above the parochial considerations of caste, color, creed and religion thereby cementing the bonds of harmony, amity and goodwill.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today extended his warm felicitations to the people of Punjab on the eve of Diwali- the festival of lights and Bandi Chhod Diwas.
In his message, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Diwali, one of the most colorful and captivating festivals of India, was celebrated with great enthusiasm and gaiety by every section of the Society.
He said that Diwali marked the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after victory in the battle with Ravana and it symbolised the ultimate victory of virtue over vice and triumph of good over evil.
Sikh Sangat celebrates this day as Bandi Chhod diwas to mark the safe return of the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib along with 52 other kings from Mogul detention from Gwalior Fort in the year 1619, he added.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that people traditionally celebrate this festival by illuminating their homes to dispel darkness and to venerate the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi for peace and prosperity. The illumination of Golden Temple on Diwali every year makes it a rare spectacle.
Joining the people of Punjab in the celebration of the festival, he hoped that it would herald a new era of peace, harmony and prosperity in the state.