President, Vice President greet nation on Diwali

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 09:55 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 12 (IBNS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday sent their greetings to fellow countrymen on the occasion of Diwali to be celebrated on Tuesday.

In his message, the President said, "On the joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to my countrymen in India and around the world. Diwali is a time for festivity and happiness cutting across all faiths and cultures. It is an occasion to share our joy with those who are needy and deprived."

"The diyas lit on the moonless night of Diwali signify the end of the darkness of ignorance and the beginning of light that enlightens all."

"On this auspicious occasion, let us channelize our energies towards vanquishing want and suffering and strive hard for collective growth. May this Festival of Lights dispel darkness and bring joy and prosperity to all.

"I urge all Indians to try and celebrate a pollution free Diwali," said Mukherjee.

Ansari extended his best wishes to all citizens and said the celebration of Diwali promotes the spirit of love, compassion and brotherhood.

In his message, Ansari said: "I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all the citizens of our country on the auspicious occasion of Deepawali."

"The celebration of this festival promotes the spirit of love, compassion and brotherhood amongst us and at the same time removes bigotry, hatred and ignorance from our midst.

"May the festival of lights shower peace, progress and prosperity on all," he said.

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