Message from the Honourable Moses V. Nagamootoo Prime Minister and First Vice President Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

As we celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, I send greetings to all our Hindu brothers and sisters. In Guyana, Diwali is observed as a national holiday, when its spiritual significance co-exists with its social content.

Traditionally, Hindu devotees light Diyas to symbolise the return of Lord Rama and his wife, Sita, to Ayodhya. The Diyas also depict knowledge that radiates from the Hindu Goddess, Mother Lakshmi.

Guyanese from all social strata embrace Diwali as light extinguishing darkness; as good triumphing over evil. This is a time for togetherness, for social cohesion, and for the grace of tolerance amongst all of our people.

Great preparations have been made for these celebrations which include the designing of colourful Rangoli, and decorations of homes, temples and vehicles for the popular motorcades.

I congratulate everyone and embrace you with affection with a sincere greeting, “SHUBH DIWALI”

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