Diwali is a festival for all- President at annual Diwali light-up at State House

Georgetown GINA, November 3, 2013

 

President Donald Ramotar and First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar this evening hosted their annual Diwali Light-up at their State House residence, Main Street.

President Donald Ramotar placing a diya on a Rangoli design at State House

 

During brief remarks at the event which saw several members of the Cabinet and the Diplomatic Corps in attendance, President Ramotar stated that Diwali has become a festival for all, reguardless of religious backgrounds.

President Donald Ramotar and First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar light a diya together to observe Diwali at State House

The President said that the festival is a very significant one, with many universal messages  such as victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

 

He said that while it is true that  people would have brought with them different cultural practices, “when one comes and lives in a multi-ethnic society, it becomes all of our culture.”

President Donald Ramotar and First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar, and Prime Minister Samuel Hinds among those gathered at Diwali observance at State House

 

He highlighted that this beautiful festival has become part of Guyana’s  history and  society, and is one whose lessons can help  persons to overcome difficulties with effort and hard work.

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