SUVA, FIJI, September 6, 2017 (Fiji Sun): The teachings and lessons from the scriptures about Lord Ganesha are very much universal and are applicable and even have relevance to us in this modern day and age. This was the message from Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the occasion of Ganesha Utsav. Ganesha Utsav is now an annual event in Fiji and the number of devotees taking part throughout Fiji has continued to grow in the recent years. "Ganesha Utsav is a celebration held in honor of Lord Ganesha to mark His birthday. Because He is believed to provide prosperity, fortune and success, Lord Ganesha is worshipped by devotees in all parts of the world and His prayer is invoked first before the undertaking or beginning of any task."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum acknowledged the efforts of the Fiji Sevashram Sangha, which has been organising Ganesh Utsav the past 16 years. Since 2011, the Sangha's efforts and dedication has resulted in this auspicious event being celebrated nationwide with participants from all economic and all ethnic background all around Fiji. "All religions, ladies and gentlemen, and certainly Hinduism, emphasize the central importance of the caring for the needy and worshiping together as a family. The fact that you are here, young and old, together with family members and friends, shows us that if we are all united and continue to persevere for the good of all, then our nation will be united as Fijians regardless of our different religious or cultural backgrounds."