ERC urges all Guyanese to embrace the significance of Deepavali
See the full statement from the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) below:
The Ethnic Relations Commission, (ERC), extends Deepavali greetings to all Guyanese, especially the Hindu community and reminds all that the festival of lights serves as a profound source of inspiration for the eventual triumph of light over darkness.
Other important lessons of Deepavali provide guidance for all, as Guyanese continue to work assiduously toward the national goal of strengthening the bonds of friendship. It is through this that national harmony can be achieved so that our people can confront challenges together to remove the dark veil of division.
The traditional motorcades and their inherent beauty, along with that of thousands of flickering Diyas are much anticipated every year. However, the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the spectacular motorcades from being held. The ERC is confident that despite those unavoidable challenges, the true spirit of Diwali will not be deterred.
In the midst of the pandemic, the ERC cautions everyone to exercise utmost care and for all to stay safe during the observances.
The traditional national observance, through its significance, is replete with messages of togetherness. The Commission, therefore, urges that Guyanese endeavour so that particular influence can be built upon for the promotion of harmony, unity and good relations among all in this multi-faceted society.
The ERC believes that those messages bode well for the advancement of the Guyanese nation, its people and humanity at large.
Shubh Deepavali to all from the Ethnic Relations Commission!