The Ethnic Relations Commission extends (ERC) warm greetings to all Guyanese, especially our Hindu brothers and sisters as the vibrant colours of Phagwah/Holi fill the air and joyous celebrations unfold across our nation.
Phagwah, also known as Holi, is an auspicious occasion that holds profound significance which the Commission urges all to internalize. It is a time of renewal, joy, and the triumph of good over evil, as the story of young Prahlad illustrates in the Hindu scriptures.
This festival of colours, which also marks the arrival of spring, is a fixture that exemplifies national celebration among all Guyanese. This has led to the commendable growth of tolerance and acceptance, with increased participation in our multi-ethnic society.
As we come together to celebrate in the spirit of unity and harmony, let us also be mindful of our actions and how they affect these religious observances. Phagwah/Holi, as with other religious holidays, is sacred and the sanctity of it should be respected.
The ERC reminds that Phagwah/Holi exhibits one element in the vibrant mix of our rich diversity which defines who we are as a people. It represents an achievement stemming from a combination of efforts as we endeavour to be One People, under One Nation, Celebrating One Destiny.
May this festival inspire us to deepen our bonds of understanding and respect, fostering a society where every individual and their beliefs are valued and accepted.
As we exchange sweets, colours, and greetings with our loved ones, let us also reaffirm our commitment to building a more inclusive and harmonious nation for future generations.
Shub Holi to all from the ERC.

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