Diwali is an auspicious holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It is a time to rejoice and feast with friends, family and fellow countrymen. Homes are cleaned and decorated with earthen lamps called diyas in every corner and delicious meals are prepared and shared with all especially your neighbours. It is a time for togetherness and unity.
On a more personal level, Diwali is a time to turn inward and light the lamp of knowledge and banish the darkness of ignorance. Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of light, is the principle Hindu deity worshipped by our Hindu brothers and sisters during this period.
In Hinduism, Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama from exile. Small earthen lamps were lit to show him the righteous path to his homeland. This tradition continues today and offers the opportunity to introspect, reflect and pray as we also journey through life, and Diwali serves as a reminder that we all must stay on the righteous road on our journey. This is also a time for all of us to remember those who are less fortunate and share what little we have with those who are not fortunate to have.
Our nation is at a challenging crossroad in its life in this year before our 50th Anniversary. This Diwali is a timely reminder that we have to redouble our effort to banish ignorance from public policies, from public commentaries and from our public and private actions. Let us as a nation make more policies that target the poor and the underprivileged and bring the good life to all our people. At the individual level let us all recommit to share whatever little we can with our neighbours to make their life a little better.
Let us use this occasion to reflect on the principles that we should collaborate more and try our best as individuals and as a collective to be on good terms with all. As families and communities gather to rejoice and to reflect over great food, the Editorial Team at Kaieteur News wants you, our readers and all Guyanese to know that we do value you.
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