‘I will do everything I can to build a Britain where our children can light their Diyas’ says PM

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has hosted a reception to celebrate Diwali in No 10 Downing Street. Picture by Simon Walker / No 10 Downing Street

Britain’s newly-appointed prime minister Rishi Sunak yesterday shared Diwali wishes from his new residence at No 10.

The investment banker-turned-politician, who is the youngest British prime minister in 210 years and also the country’s first Indian-origin prime minister, was attending a Diwali reception at his official residence.

While extending Diwali wishes, Mr Sunak vowed to build a Britain where “our children and grandchildren can light their Diyas.”

A Diya is an oil lamp made from clay or mud with a cottonwick dipped in Oil or ghee. These lamps are commonly used in the Indian subcontinent and they hold sacred prominence in Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain prayers as well as religious rituals, ceremonies and festivals including Diwali.

On social media, Prime Minister Sunak said: “Brilliant to drop into tonight’s Diwali reception in No10. I will do everything I can in this job to build a Britain where our children and our grandchildren can light their Diyas and look to the future with hope. Happy #Diwali everyone!”

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Hindu religious festival and one of the most important festivals within Hinduism. It generally lasts five days (or six in some regions of India), and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar months of Ashwayuja (according to the amanta tradition) and Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). It is said to symbolise the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.”

The 42-year-old devout Hindu took charge as Britain’s Prime Minister after an audience with King Charles III on Tuesday, a day after he was elected the new leader of the Conservative Party in a historic leadership run.

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