Tonight, as we celebrate the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri, I want to take a moment to reflect on the significance of this important religious event in our diverse culture. For many of our Hindu brothers and sisters, Maha Shivratri is a day of deep spiritual meaning. It is a time to honour Lord Shiva, the God of destruction and creation, and to seek his blessings for health, happiness, and prosperity.
It is on this day that Lord Shiva is believed to have performed the Tandava, a cosmic dance that signifies the cycle of creation, preservation, and destruction. From 6 pm this evening to 6 am tomorrow morning, Hindu homes across our nation will be engrossed in fasting and devotion.
I believe that occasions like Maha Shivratri remind us of the richness and diversity of our culture, and the importance of embracing and celebrating our differences. In Trinidad and Tobago, we are blessed to have a culture that is infused with the traditions and practices of people from all over the world. It is this diversity that makes us strong, and that has allowed us to build a nation that is unique and special.
So let us all take a moment to reflect on the significance of Maha Shivratri and pledge to continue working together to build a Trinidad and Tobago that is inclusive, tolerant, and united.
Happy Maha Shivratri, and may the blessings of Lord Shiva be with you all.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition
18th February 2023