‘Diwali should be celebrated by all’ — Julia Roberts

2010-11-05 00:00

JULIA Roberts thinks the world should celebrate Diwali.

The Eat Pray Love actress believes the Hindu “Festival of Lights” — which this year runs for five days from November 5 — should be celebrated throughout the world because it celebrates “humanity, peace and prosperity”.

She said: “Diwali should be celebrated unanimously throughout the world as a gesture of goodwill.

“It not only belongs to Hinduism but is universal in nature and in its essence too. Diwali ignites the values of self-confidence, love for humanity, peace, prosperity and above all eternity, which goes beyond all mortal factors.”

The 43-year-old beauty, who recently revealed she is a convert to Hinduism, confesses she has become interested in the spirituality of the faith because it is more than a “mere religion”.

She told the Times of India: “Ever since I developed my liking and fondness for Hinduism, I have been attracted and deeply fascinated by many facets of the multi-dimensional Hinduism … spirituality as it transcends many barriers of mere religion.”

Julia spent time filming in India for the romantic comedy Eat Pray Love. “I promise to return to this sacred land again and again for the best of my creativity,” she said.

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