Diwali is a time of national unity – PM Phillips


Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, who is performing the functions of President, on Sunday noted that Diwali serves as more than a cultural symbol of light where good overcomes evil.

The Prime Minister said that the holiday is a time of national unity where Guyanese across cultural backgrounds come together in a grand national celebration.

“It is a blessing that Guyana has a multicultural makeup of people where we can share in the practices and beliefs of our neighbours, friends and fellow citizens.

“It is at these times that our oneness truly shows, as we partake in the practices of other cultures, whether it be through food, dance, or even social events.”

The light-up of diyas at Rahaman’s Park

The Prime Minister made these remarks at the Seventh National Diya Light-Up which was hosted by the Hindus for Selfless Service at the intersection of Rahaman’s Park on the East Bank of Demerara.

Along with his address, the Prime Minister also flipped the switch to illuminate a large diya display at the intersection.

“With every diya lit, we are encouraged to search ourselves for the spark that lives within us, that we may realise our truest potential and strive towards success and prosperity. All this while embodying a spirit of global oneness and cohesion.”

India’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr K.J Srinivasa, who also attended the event, said that he is pleased to see the magnitude of Diwali celebrations in the country. This year, Diwali is being celebrated under the theme “Fighting COVID with the light of knowledge.” (Modified press release from the Office of the Prime Minister)

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