Johnson appealed for a “huge collective effort” as England entered its second stay-at-home lockdown earlier this week, to final at the very least till December 2, to be able to curb a surge in coronavirus infections throughout the nation.
“While undoubtedly there are huge challenges ahead, I have every confidence in the resilience and resolve and good sense of people across the country and that together we will overcome this virus, just as Diwali teaches us that light triumphs over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance,” said Johnson from 10 Downing Street in London on Friday.
“Just as Lord Rama and his spouse Sita discovered their approach residence after the defeat of the demon king Ravana, their approach lit by many tens of millions of lamps, so too we will discover our approach via this, and we will achieve this triumphantly,” he said.
Acknowledging that people would find it particularly difficult this year with all the lockdown restrictions, Johnson praised the Indian diaspora in the UK for all their sacrifices and efforts at working towards a safe and secure Diwali.
He praised the “unbelievable digital Diwali competition” for bringing the spirit of Diwali into people’s homes while helping people stay safe.
“I do know that celebrating at a distance is not simple while you wish to get along with all your loved ones or go to your mates or share with them the Diwali enjoyable, as properly after all the odd samosa or gulab jamun,” mentioned Johnson, in his inaugural deal with to the ‘iGlobal Diwali Fest 2020’.
“So I want you to know that your sacrifices, and your determination to do the right thing really are helping to save lives, and tough though I know many aspects of this year have been, I have been blown away by the inspirational way in which Hindus, Sikhs and Jains have responded to this crisis with compassion, community spirit and a can-do attitude,” he said.
The three-day virtual Diwali Fest kick-started on Friday with the UK PM’s message and will include sessions with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, Opposition Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer and Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey.
The agenda also includes yoga, music and dance performances as well as an awards ceremony to honour British Indian community champions across different fields. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street will be among those delivering Diwali messages from different parts of England.
“The Prime Minister, leaders of the principle UK political events and the Mayors of the nation‘s main metros lining up for Diwali on this approach is kind of unprecedented and displays not solely the true depth of UK-India ties but in addition the pivotal function of the UK’s 1.5-million robust Indian diaspora,” mentioned Manoj Ladwa, CEO of the India Inc Group, the UK-based organiser of the occasion.
Among a number of the different digital occasions scheduled over the weekend embody a religious session with Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, bhajans from completely different elements of India and a Bollywood live performance headlined by British Indian musician Navin Kundra.
Diwali — the competition of lights — will probably be celebrated in India on November 14.