Message of His Excellency Brigadier David Granger President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on the occasion of Diwali 2019
Unity in diversity
I extend greetings to all Guyanese on the occasion of the joyous, religious festival of Diwali – the festival of lights.
Diwali is a significant celebration. It is a cultural retention of the Hindu community and is observed by all as a national holiday. This ancient Hindu festival was brought to our shores one hundred and eighty one years ago. The festival recalls how the people of Ayodhya lit small earthen lamps (diya) to illuminate the way for the return of Ram and Sita.
Diwali’s moral message is universal. Diwali signifies the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, prosperity over poverty and hope over despair and the joy of homecoming.
Diwali reminds us of the values which unite us as a nation – compassion, kindness and righteousness. It reminds us of the nation’s cultural diversity which, when respected, shields us from division and disintegration.
Guyana is becoming a more cohesive society as our people continue to work together, across geographical, racial and religious boundaries, to forge a stronger a more united nation.
Happy Diwali 2019!