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Guyana: Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights

Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights and in Guyana, the grandest way it is ushered in is through the massive motorcade held annually on the eve of the festival.

It begins at the Shri Krishna Mandir in Campbelville and takes the traditional route along Sandy Babb Street onto Vlissengen Road, and then along the Seawall. This year, the ending point changed from the La Bonne Intention Community Centre ground to the Chateau Margot Ground, East Coast Demerara. But that did not dull the celebration in any way.

The motorcade is an elaborate profusion of colour, complementing the grandeur of significances behind the Festival of Lights.

In the Ramyana (A Hindu scripture), it was said that Lord Rama, an incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu, returned to his Kingdom of Ayodhya. He returned after defeating a Demon King, Ravana, on Amavasya- the darkest night of the year, and his people lit small earthen pots (Diyas) to brighten his path as he returned home that night. One significance of Diwali draws from this account.

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