ASHTON and Failsworth MP Angela Rayner has sent a message to her constituents preparing this weekend to celebrate Diwali, the festival of Hinduism.
She said: “I want to wish everyone celebrating across Britain and around the world, a very happy Diwali.
“Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
“So, this year, the festival of Diwali feels particularly important.
“I know that so many people will be unable to take part in traditional celebrations. Family and friends won’t be able to be together to share this festival. And Diwali will be a particularly difficult time for people who have lost loved ones this year.
“At Diwali the lighting of a lamp symbolises the triumph of hope over despair. And it is that hope for the future that makes Diwali so special this year.
“As we all battle the crisis we are facing because of Covid-19, festivals like Diwali lift our spirits and give us hope for the future.
“So even in the most difficult of circumstances, I hope that everyone is able to have a peaceful and happy Diwali.”