Students taking part in the drama.
This special event was organised by the students and staff of the USP Early Childhood Education & Care department.
The celebration was hive of activities with Rangoli on display, students enacted drama performances from the Holy Ramayan depicting the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, a major reason behind the celebration of the festival of lights.
Campus Director, Pramila Devi with staff and ECEC students
Students also performed dance items symbolising Deepawali jubilation - an important festival in the Hindu calendar.
Chief Guest at the occasion, USP Lautoka Campus
Director Dr Pramila Devi emphasised that facilitation of religious and cultural festivals is important because it strengthens the bond between people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Dr Devi said that such events create an ideal platform to share cultural and traditional information amongst different communities.
“It is very important that we share traditional information with our current generation in particular for the benefit of our next generations,” she said.
“As we all know, culture keeps on changing and gets modified as we adapt to a new way of life, however, tradition will remain a part of us and we can preserve and display it during such events for the benefit for our next generations and other cultural communities.”
“Such events are significant to a culturally diverse country like Fiji.” Dr Devi added.
The Campus Director stressed that only when we have knowledge of each other’s culture and tradition, we will be able to better understand each other. “This is necessary for building a better Fiji.” she said.
Dr Devi encouraged students to not only understand the significance of spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance but also attempt to incorporate the essence of Diwali into their lives.
She reiterated that people must adopt and live by the virtues of Deepawali in their daily lives for a better tomorrow.
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