Item 831 - Message from President Nelson Mandela on the occasion of Deepavali, the Festival of Lights 1996

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Message from President Nelson Mandela on the occasion of Deepavali, the Festival of Lights 1996


  • 1996-11-09 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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South African Government Information Website

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Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights

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It gives me great pleasure to convey my warmest greetings to all Hindus on this very special occasion.

The Festival of Lights brings families, friends and communities together to rejuvenate spiritual forces and to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

May Deepavali continue to rekindle family ties and renew the will to strive towards the achievement of a better life for all. Everyone can draw pride, at this time of sharing, in their efforts to bring sunshine into the hearts of others.

It is with intense joy that I extend my sincerest wishes for a happy Deepavali to our fellow citizens and those across the globe.

I send a message of love and peace to each of you celebrating Deepavali.

Signed by: Nelson Mandela President Republic of South Africa
November 1996

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Acquisition method: From website ; Source: South African Government Information Website. Accessioned on 20/12/06 by Helen Joannides




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