Diwali a time for national unity – PM Phillips

Diwali, serves more than a cultural symbol but is a time for national unity, Prime Minister Mark Phillips said on Sunday during his remarks at the Seventh National Diya Light Up at Rahaman’s Park on the East Bank of Demerara.

The Prime Minister who is performing the duties of president said the holiday is a time of national unity where Guyanese across cultural backgrounds come together in a grand national celebration.

“It is a blessing that Guyana has a multicultural makeup of people where we can share in the practices and beliefs of our neighbours, friends and fellow citizens. It is at these times that our oneness truly shows, as we partake in the practices of other cultures, whether it be through food, dance, or even social events.”

The Prime Minister was among officials including India’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr K.J Srinivasa. He could “flip” the ceremonial switch at the intersection signally the lighting of “diyas”.

“With every diya lit, we are encouraged to search ourselves for the spark that lives within us, that we may realise our truest potential and strive towards success and prosperity. All this while embodying a spirit of global oneness and cohesion”.

This year, Diwali is being celebrated with the theme “Fighting COVID with the light of knowledge”. Diwali will be observed in Guyana on November 4th.