West Demerara Diwali motorcade – a beautiful spectacle- attracts huge crowd

Georgetown GINA, November 2, 2013

It was an exciting night for the thousands of Region Three residents as they witnessed the beautifully decorated floats and enjoyed the performances put on at the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha’s Cultural programme and Diwali Motorcade on Friday evening.

President Donald Ramotar among the huge gathering at the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha’s Cultural programme and Diwali Motorcade

The event that was held at the Ocean View Mandir, attracted a huge crowd, and was graced by President Donald Ramotar. 


The Sabha’s largest motorcade will be held this evening, starting in Campbellville and moving to La Bonne Intention Community (LBI) ground.

President of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Dr. Vindhya Persaud delivering remarks at the Sabha’s Cultural programme and Diwali Motorcade at the Ocean View Mandir, West Coast Demerara

            Thousands of people, of different religious and ethnic backgrounds lined the West Coast public road to get glimpse of the beautifully decorated vehicles in the motorcade.


        President Ramotar extended heartfelt wishes to gathering in his brief remarks. “This is the Festival of Lights and brightness; it is where light shines through darkness, and good triumphs over evil, and this is what happens in our country.”

President Donald Ramotar sharing a light moment with one of the ‘Latchmies’ on a float at the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha’s Diwali Motorcade

            He also paid tribute to the late Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud, who he remembers as a loving person and would have been very happy to see such a large turnout at the event. 

            The president also intermingled with the crowd and shared some light moments with the beautiful little “Latchmies” who were on the various vehicles on the motorcade.


            The evening activities also included performances by Bollywood singer, Jeffrey Iqbal, who wooed the crowd with his superb performance, especially his all time best ‘Tere Bina’,  and  ‘Tere Maast Maast Do Nain’.

President Donald Ramotar presenting tokens to young participants of the motorcade

            Various cultural items punctuated the cultural aspect of the event and this was well received by the large gathering.


            Head of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Dr. Vindhya Persaud said Diwali’s significance is underscored by the message of light over darkness. “Light is not only literal, but extends metaphorically to knowledge and spiritual enlightenment,” she told the huge gathering.


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