The ‘festival of lights’, also known as Diwali, is a major event among both Hindus and the majority of the non-Hindu population of Guyana as well. Traditional oil lamps and diyas can be seen adorning houses throughout the country. This is also a time where family and friends get together and enjoy tasty sweetmeats – locally made sweet treats like mettai and gulab jamoon among others. The night before locals come out in numbers to enjoy the annual Diwali motorcade. Here, participants come together to create beautiful moving displays that capture and display the significance of the festival.

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