PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar who is currently in Australia for the 2011 sitting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has conveyed very special greetings to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and to Hindu communities across the world on the joyous occasion of Divali.
From Perth, Australia, Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar encourages all citizens to remember the simple but powerful message of Divali, which is a celebration of light over darkness and goodness over ignorance and evil, and urges all citizens to make a commitment each day to resist those negative forces that would seek to destroy the beauty and harmony of our beloved Nation.
The Prime Minister reminds us that there is much for which we must be thankful for in Trinidad and Tobago, as each of our religious and secular observances presents us with the opportunity for growth, for learning and to express gratitude that we able are to respect and appreciate each other’s traditions. Today we celebrate together in camaraderie – all races, all ethnicities, all religions in honour of the Hindu festival of Divali.
“On this special Divali day, I humbly ask you to become, within your own families and communities, lights of encouragement, lights of understanding and lights of unconditional love”.