Indian Ambassador to Laos Ravi Shankar Aisola hosted a reception to celebrate Diwali – Festival of Lights 2016 in Vientiane Capital on Oct 29.
Over 150 members of the Indian community including children celebrated the Festival of Lights with lights and Indian food.
Ambassador Ravi Shankar Aisola welcomed the Lao dignitaries and friends of India and the Indian Community to the Indian Embassy.
He said that Diwali originated when the people of Ayodhya light up their homes and entire city to welcome back King Rama after his 14 years in exile. Ramayana, the story of King Rama, has also found its way to Laos in the story of Phalak, Phalam.
Diwali or Deepavali is one of the major festivals of India and is celebrated across the country. The night of Diwali coincides with the night of the first new moon of the Hindu Lunar Calendar. Normally it falls between mid-October and mid-November.
The celebrations include numerous lights shining on house tops, outside doors, and in windows around temples and other buildings. It signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
Dr. Bountiem Phissamay, former Minister of the Government of Lao PDR, President of the Lao-India Friendship Association Dr. KhamphayRasmy, Vice President of the Lao-India Friendship Association Mrs. Phongsamouth Anlavan, the Deputy Director General of the Asia Pacific and Africa Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other senior officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a number of Lao alumni of Indian universities attended at the event.
Source: Lao News Agency