The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Rosy Akbar wishes teachers and students a safe and happy Diwali.
Diwali is celebrated to mark the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, both in and around us. Like all religious festivals we celebrate in Fiji, Diwali is celebrated with our families and friends. It is a time to share, rejoice and put behind our resentments and hard feelings.
Diwali this year will be celebrated on Sunday 15 November and is a time to bond with family and friends. 
Minister Akbar said, “Children should spend time with their families and loved ones and must reflect on what they have achieved in the past, and their hopes and ambitions for the future. Diwali also teaches discipline, goodness, divinity, humility, tolerance, togetherness and kindness, as parents and guardians it is our responsibility to inculcating these values in our children”.
Parents and guardians are urged to be vigilant during the festivity and supervise children when they are playing with firecrackers.
“While we want the children of Fiji to engage in unity and brotherhood to celebrate and enjoy the festival of lights, we also have their safety and wellbeing at heart”.