IAC DIWALI/DEEPAVALI MESSAGE 2015
The Indian Action (formerly Arrival) Committee (IAC) extends Diwali greetings to the entire nation, especially our Hindu brothers and sisters. Deepawali or Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It’s the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) which literally illuminate the many Hindu homes and villages with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy.
In each legend, myth and story of Deepawali, the significance of the victory of good over evil is trumpeted. Diwali takes us from darkness unto light — the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds, that which brings us closer to divinity. During Diwali, lights illuminate every corner of Hindu homes and villages and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of Bhajans, joy, togetherness and hope.
Diwali brings with it a significant and positive impact on the lives of Hindus. It has a universal message of hope, peace and prosperity. Hope for a brighter tomorrow; when we pray, we say Dhan Dayee Namastute – Oh Universal Mother, Bless us so that we can have a more prosperous future and rid ourselves of poverty in all its forms (Poverty of thoughts, intellect, wisdom).
Maha Lakshmi who is revered at this time represents wealth, peace and prosperity, which all Guyanese share in this beautiful country. Maha Lakshmi also represents motherhood and womanhood at large, that which the Hindus preserve, cherish give the highest reverence. Diwali is indeed a national festival for us in Guyana and Guyanese of all walks of life participate in activities nationwide.
The IAC hopes that the divine light of Diwali shines within ourselves so that knowledge and wisdom can be shared and that we show greater affection and compassion for each other. On this Diwali, let us continue to reach out to our brothers and sisters in our dear land and dedicate our efforts towards the progress, prosperity and peace of our nation.
Shubh Diwali from the Viraat Sabhaa
The Viraat Sabhaa – Guyana extends Diwali greetings to all Guyanese especially, the Hindu community.
The organization hopes that the auspiciousness of this occasion would serve to inspire all to celebrate with deep significance and purpose.
Our leaders should also be inspired by this occasion while being cognizant of the underlying messages to provide a stable and economically vibrant country.
The occasion also serves as another opportunity for all to reflect in an effort to derive unity among mankind.
May the blessings of Maha Lakshmi Maataa be abundant to all. Shubh Diwali
PNCR DEEPAVALI GREETINGS
On this Happy and Joyous occasion of Deepavali, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) wishes to extend special greetings to the members of our Hindu community, especially the religious leaders, and to all Guyanese.
This year’s observances are 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 of the Deepavali celebrations. The idea of the triumph of light over darkness, symbolically and otherwise, carries a powerful message for the Guyanese nation.
The PNCR, therefore, joins with the Hindu community and the rest of the nation in celebrating this important event.
A HAPPY AND JOYOUS DEEPAVALI TO ALL GUYANESE!
Department of Public Information
On the occasion of the celebration of Diwali as a national holiday on November 10, the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (GCRG) extends greetings to our Hindu brothers and sisters and all Guyanese.
The universal message of Diwali is one of hope. It highlights the triumph of good and light over evil and darkness. Diwali is also an occasion on which Guyanese reflect on how they overcame challenges and effect change that gives new meaning to their lives. It is a time to forgive and to forge enduring bonds that go beyond our differences.
Our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Coalition Government cautions that as we celebrate, we do so solemnly with restraint and respect for our neighbours and avoid excesses that could result in injury to anyone.
It is the sincere hope of our Government that Diwali, the Festival of Lights, will serve to reinforce our common aspiration for a brighter, stronger and unified Guyana.
GAWU’s Diwali Message 2015
The light of peace, tolerance, understanding and even negotiated compromise should shine forth as the collective glare from thousands of Diwali diyas light up the darkness and shines like a lighthouse of hope for all.
The concept of Diwali could be transposed to symbolize various circumstances whereby truth, love, goodness and joy are celebrated. Even as the festival assumes various emphases – and legends in various forms – the constant theme is illumination.
Against those sentiments the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) whose membership includes thousands of Hindus – joins the dazzling celebrations to wish Guyanese Hindus and indeed the wider community a joyous but peaceful Diwali.
Guyana needs all the understanding and celebration of life and goodness that it could get at this time. Our robust political life and divergent opinions sometimes intrude upon our typical, good-natured, routine co-existence as a people who share the yearning for common peace and progress. Differences of opinion should never lead to hostility or lingering division. Diwali’s lights must be rays of and a reminder that humanity in these times needs tolerance.
GAWU, therefore, hopes that even the current differences surrounding the actual dates for this year’s highpoint of the festival would not detract from full participation of the festivity nor serve to obscure its enduring significance.
We wish all the practitioners of the Hindu faith, and indeed, all Guyanese a happy and enjoyable Diwali, the festival of lights. Come November 11, 2015 we look forward all Hindus taking part in the observances.
Let the lights, at this time, represent too hope, tolerance and harmony.
AFC Diwali Message 2015
As we prepare to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, the Alliance For Change sends special Diwali greetings to our Hindu brothers and sisters, and to all Guyanese.
The Festival of Diwali, or the Festival of Lights as it is also known, is of special religious significance to Hindus, as it marks the return of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile.
This year, as we light diyascommemorating the return of Lord Rama, let those little lights kindle in our hearts a huge commitment to ensure the darkness of ignorance is replaced with the light of knowledge.
Let us use this time to forgive and bring healing to our nation so that together, as one people with many customs and religions, we can move forward towards a bright future.