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The inaugural pre-Divali event – Naya Jyoti (New Light) Festival – which took place from Thursday 25th October to Sunday 28th October at the C3 Centre was given a thumbs up by members of the public who attended the event as well as booth participants.
Guardian Media Ltd (GML) saw a niche in the market for an alternative Divali event in the Southland to showcase all the traditions of Divali, the food, the culture and the religious aspects. Mr Steve Dipnarine, Head of New Business Development, said that the company chose the theme of New Light as it suggested enlightenment and hoped to communicate to all citizens their individual responsibility to create a pure heart, pure mind and right actions.
The opening night started with traditional Lakshmi puja and was attended by Opposition Leader, Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar and guests from the Indian High Commission.
Mrs Persad Bissessar congratulated GML for not only hosting the celebration but its coverage of the recent floods and relief efforts. She went on to state that “We have shown over the last several days a show of humanity and in the worst of times, the best of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Reshma Badree came from Barrackpore with her family to visit the festival. When asked for feedback on what her experience was like, she was excited to reveal, “For a first-time event, I am impressed. It has transformed the entire place. It is so nice to have something like this in South”.
Given the positive feedback, it is expected that Naya Jyoti may be twice as big in 2019!
Check out the highlights from the festival!
Corporate Communications Department
ANSA McAL Group of Companies
Friday 02nd November 2018