Home Features Diversity has worked, will continue to work, to Guyana’s advantage – PNCR
On this happy and joyous occasion of Deepavali/Diwali, or The Festival of Lights, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) wishes to extend greetings to the members of our Hindu community, especially the religious leaders, and to all Guyanese.
2020 year of Guyanese observance of Diwali is occurring at a very important moment in the history of the nation, when there is a clear need for peace, understanding, stability and social cohesion. These values are common to all the religions in Guyana, and assume particular significance in respect to the Deepavali celebrations. The idea of the triumph of light over darkness, symbolically and otherwise, carries a powerful message for the Guyanese nation.
Diwali occurs on the night of Amavasya (New Moon) in the month of Kartik, which is considered to be the darkest night on the Hindu calendar, and marks the return of Lord Rama after 14 years in exile. To welcome his return and to light his path, diyas were lit.
Diwali is a joyous celebration of inner light over spiritual darkness; knowledge over ignorance, and right over wrong. It is a festive restatement of the Hindu belief that good ultimately triumphs over evil.
The PNCR has always been, and will always remain, respectful of Guyana’s cultural and religious diversity, and believes that our diversity has worked and will continue to work to the country’s advantage. Guyana is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. Our diversity is an asset, not a liability. Our Party is proud to belong to a society of many faiths.
As we celebrate Diwali, the PNCR remains committed to ensuring unity in diversity, so that our beloved country can experience real development and progress.