[www.inewsguyana.com] – Two Hindu bodies – the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha and the Virat Sabha – are meeting to resolve differences over the date for Diwali celebrations in Guyana. This comes as Vice President and Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan told Inews today that the official gazetted date for Diwali will be on Tuesday, November 10.
Meanwhile, the Indian Action (formerly Arrival) Committee (IAC) says it has noted what appears to be a controversy surrounding the date for the celebration of Deepawali this year. From what has been in the public domain, it seems there is a difference of opinion with regard to the actual date, with one group claiming it‘s Tuesday, November 10, and another, Wednesday, November 11. “The IAC calls of both sides to engage in meaningful dialogue in an effort to resolve the situation and reiterates the need for unity.”
“The IAC, as an Indian advocacy organization, is concern that if both were to hold their current position, it would result in the festival being celebrated on two separate days thereby creating a division within. In the interest of unity, the IAC urge both sides to engage each other with the intention of finding a common ground for one celebration,” stated the release.
The IAC believes that “if a consensus is not reached, it can precipitate a situation whereby Guyanese Hindus would be divided on a festival that is so sacred to their religion. More so, Deepawali is one of our festivals that has transcended religious boundaries to become a truly national one creating much anticipation and expectation among Guyanese across the country with regard to the annual motorcades