The AFC extends our best wishes to the Hindu community in Guyana on this largest and brightest Festival on our annual calendar. In this celebration of life and goodness, the AFC sincerely hopes that the auspiciousness, strength and wisdom that Diwali represents, will continue to guide the paths you take in the near and distant future.

Diwali, or Deepavali, has even greater significance with the vanquishing of evil by Lord Rama.

Guyana is on a similar path, with rows of lights laid down to guide our way forward. The AFC fully embraces the brilliance of Diwali and the effect that this Festival of Lights has on all of us. It has become much more than a religious festival, and it impacts Guyanese from all walks of life. The rows and creative designs of lights, diyas and colourful Rangolis bring out our collective joy and brotherliness.

AFC urges Guyanese of all faiths to transfer the teachings of Diwali into family and social relationships. This Festival is a true lesson in togetherness, and a celebration of joy in accomplishment. We must all remember that Diwali is a celebration of life itself, and that the lights and diyas, the cleanliness and brilliant colours represent hope and love for all humankind.

Happy Diwali to all Guyanese.