"Just as Lord Rama and his wife Sita found their way home after the defeat of the demon king Ravana, their way lit by many millions of lamps, so too we shall find our way through this, and we shall do so triumphantly," he added.
The UK PM even noted how the celebration of Diwali would be increasingly difficult this time amid the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions, he lauded the Indian diaspora in the nation. Johnson also acknowledged the 'fantastic virtual Diwali festival' for keeping the spirit of the festival alive in the homes of people while also assuring safety and security. The British PM said that he knows the celebration of the festival such as the one over the weekend without "Samosa or Gulab Jamun" would be a sacrifice. Therefore, he ensured that such determination is 'helping to save lives'.
"I know that celebrating at a distance isn't easy when you want to get together with all your family or visit your friends or share with them the Diwali fun, as well, of course, the odd samosa or gulab jamun,' said Johnson, in his inaugural address to the ''iGlobal Diwali Fest 2020'' that kickstarted on November 6.
"So I want you to know that your sacrifices and your determination to do the right thing really are helping to save lives, and tough though I know many aspects of this year have been, I have been blown away by the inspirational way in which Hindus, Sikhs and Jains have responded to this crisis with compassion, community spirit and a can-do attitude,' he said.