RESS RELEASE PHAGWAH MESSGAE FROM THE People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Friday, March 5, 2004

The People’s National Congress Reform extends joyful greetings to all members of the Hindu community in particular, and to the Guyanese people in general, on the occasion of the Festival of Phagwah.

The Significance of this Festival is two fold. It marks a new beginning in its secular manifestation and the reward of submission to God, in its religious aspect.

The festival of Phagwah coincides with the advent of spring and therefore signifies a new beginning – a time of rebirth, renewal and regeneration, when nature in all its glory brings abundance and color to life. This is therefore, a fitting opportunity for all Guyanese to renew their commitment to these eternal values of Truth, Goodness, Kindness and benevolence that give direction and meaning to life.

At this time of national crisis in our society more than ever, a re-affirmation of these values and virtues is a most welcome solution. We must bury our hatchets; let us sow seeds of friendship instead.

The religious dimension of this festival provides guidance for all Guyanese irrespective of race, religion or class. The Festival of Phagwah teaches that submission to God will never fail mankind and just as how King Hiranyakashyapu was destroyed by Prahalad’s faith in God, all Guyanese can gain immensely from an unswerving dedication to the canons of their respective faiths and obedience to the Will of God.

Mahatma Ghandi once described the essence of Hinduism by reference to the first verse of the ISHOPANISHAD which translated in part; means Mankind must enjoy what God has given us. With this lesson in mind, the People’s National Congress Reform enjoins all Guyanese to enjoy fully this festival which forms part of the religious and cultural richness of our people which can lead to greater harmony, unity, goodwill and fellowship among all Guyanese.

Holi Greetings to all Guyanese!

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Friday, March 5, 2004