National Day of Prayers
─ 50 days of prayers to mark years as a Republic
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Respect for religion has been highlighted as a force for unity at a National Day of Prayer held as part of observances to mark Guyana’s 50th anniversary as a republic.
The Department of Social Cohesion hosted Tuesday’s interfaith service under the theme “Enhancing the Culture of Prayers; Promoting Religious Harmony.
“We intend that this activity and similar ones will lend to create an awareness of how respect for religion can unify us rather than divide us,” said acting programme coordinator Natasha Singh-Lewis.
The event at the National Cultural Centre included representatives from the Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Rastafarian, Bahá’í, Faithist, and Brahma Kumari faiths.
Prayers were offered by Bishop Wendy Williams (Faithist), Ras Simeon Selassie (Rastafarian), Pandit Pooran Seeraj (Hindu), Bishop Charles Davidson (Christian) and Imam Sayyid Aqeed Aabidi (Muslim) among others.
There was also a Blessing Dance by an Indigenous troupe from St. Cuthbert`s Mission and another dance by the Royalty Dance Ministries, along with bhajan singing from the Guyana Sanatan Dharma Maha Saba.
The event also featured poems, songs, presentations and chants by persons from the different religious groups
Attendees included government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and students from the Guyana Youth Corps and several secondary schools in the city.
The Department of Social Cohesion launched ‘Fifty Days of Prayer’ on January 5, to encourage discussion on various topics in homes and workplaces. Each day a theme for discussion is suggested on the department’s Guyana Republic Jubilee Facebook page.