OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in her Divali message urged citizens to be inspired by the story of Lord Rama and Mother Sita even in these difficult times of the covid19 pandemic. “It is a story of good conquering evil and the triumph of light over darkness. But it is also a tale of hope and sacrifice.”
She said TT is now at dark time but like Lord Rama and Sita we must face these challenges head-on and with courage.
“If there is any good that has come out of these past few difficult months it is the reminder that the greatest joys in life are the simple pleasures, we may take for granted.
“It is an afternoon walk with a loved one. The Friday lime with friends. Or just the joy of a son or daughter returning home for a short visit while studying abroad. It is these ordinary moments that make our lives magical.”
Persad-Bissessar said this year’s Divali was unique.
“Due to the covid19 pandemic, we cannot celebrate with our friends and family as we normally would. The pandemic and the needed measures it has brought with it, is inflicting further hardships on millions of people across the world, and here in TT, thousands have been adversely affected.”
She paid a special tribute to the hard-working medical personnel and other frontline workers battling the virus who were our bravest heroes this year.
“It is due to the hard work of these frontline workers, and the discipline of our citizens, that this virus will ultimately be defeated.”
Persad-Bissessar said amid the new normal, we must also remember to place the highest value on the things in life that truly matter, time spent with family and loved ones.
“As we continue to navigate our new reality, it is now more important than ever that we unite, and work together to create the future that we want for the next generations.
“This Divali, it is my hope that Mother Lakshmi bless us with prosperity, peace, and happiness.
“On behalf of my family, and the United National Congress, I wish to extend a warm Shubh Divali to all of Trinidad and Tobago.”