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Hindu Caribbean Immigrants To Celebrate Diwali

News Americas,
NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 25, 2019
: Caribbean immigrant who practice the Hindu faith are set to celebrate the
festival of lights officially this Sunday, Oct. 27th.

But
there has already been some celebrating this month. In Queens, NY, the annual
festival was marked by the annual Diwali Motorcade and concert on Saturday,
Oct. 19, 2019.

And New York City Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted
the city’s annual Diwali celebration at Gracie Mansion on Oct. 21st
even though there was hesitation to declare it a public-school holiday. The Hindu
population in the five boroughs of New York is estimated at more than 200,000
and growing. This does not include Sikhs and Jains.

Diwali celebration also take place in Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname where
Hindus mark the holiday of good over evil. In Guyana, The Guyana Hindu Dharmic
Sabha (GHDS), will host its annual Diwali Motorcade on Saturday October 26th.

According
to a GHDS release, over 30 floats from around the country are expected to
participate in this year’s motorcade that will be accompanied by bhajans and
tassa and the illuminations and depictions related to the festival of Diwali.

Meanwhile,
even The Vatican offered a message this Diwali, calling on Christians and
Hindus to shun apathy, indifference and hatred towards others and be builders
of fraternity.

Diwali
symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil
and knowledge over ignorance.” During the celebration, temples, homes,
shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated with clay lamps known as
diyas. Vegetarian and sweet dishes are prepared and shared with neighbors and
friends.

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