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Attention: News Editors

Divali greetings

The following statement was issued by Dr. the Honourable Lincoln Douglas, Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism, in observance of Divali celebrations 2012, in Trinidad and Tobago.

On behalf of the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, I wish to extend warm greetings to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and specifically members of the Hindu faith, as we observe the national holiday and religious festival of Divali.

Celebrating the Festival of Lights is a deeply rooted tradition which inspires a lasting commitment to the notion of victory of light over darkness. We join our lights together to repel any darkness, including the most insidious of all - ignorance. Divali also renews our unreserved devotion to God, family and community.

As we witness the beauty and power of the deyas burning brightly throughout the length and breadth of our country, let us celebrate the triumph of good over evil. The unmistakable message of the festival must be a genuine attempt to break free of any form of darkness in our lives, and walk and prosper in the light.

In his famous French novel, Les Misérables, Victor Hugo writes "…The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge."

As Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism, I am keenly aware that in this 50th anniversary year of our Independence we have a great deal about which we can feel justifiably proud. We celebrate our accomplishments together as one people in this culturally diverse society.

Best wishes to all citizens for a safe and prosperous Divali, and may the light, joy and good cheer of this divine festival lead us to being the best that we can be for ourselves, family, community and our nation.

Shubh Divali!

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