Let the diyas of the mind illuminate wisdom in all communities – GAWU

Diwali, the festival of lights, is yet another manifestation of the rich culture of Guyana. Diwali, chracterised by lit diyas beautifully adorning homes and temples, reminds us of the powerful message of the occasion. The festival symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
Now a nationally-embraced public holiday, Diwali captures the attention — even participation — of thousands of Guyanese citizens, including non-Hindus. The festival threatens darkness in all its forms, and influences the emergence of an illuminated society in which there exists understanding, tolerance, love, and cordiality. Festivals like Diwali serve to rekindle hopes and expectations, and influence society in a positive direction.
This year’s Diwali carries even more significance, as our country and, indeed, the world are caught in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we recognise the massive toll the pandemic has extracted, we are imbued by the message of Diwali. We are reminded that even the darkest nights have an end, and mankind will once again succeed in this latest travail.
Absent from this year’s Diwali will be the colourful and spectacular motorcade floats which attract thousands of Guyanese from all walks of life. While many Guyanese will certainly miss the event, we urge appropriate and safe celebrations, and for our people to abide by the COVID-19 protocols.
Our brief message, therefore, is for the celebrants and leaders alike let the diyas of the mind illuminate wisdom in all communities, in places of work and worship, in Government and Parliament, to lighten the poor man’s burdens through righteous policies and programmes.
This is the least, but the most-sought-after that the Union can hope for.