Opposition Leader: Our nation requires action as inspired by story of Mother Lakshmi

The following is Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar's Divali address:

"I am delighted to send best wishes to my fellow citizens on the joyous occasion of Diwali.

As people across our beloved nation gather to illuminate their homes, their communities and their hearts, I wish Mother Lakshmi’s blessings on each and every one of you and your loved ones.

PM: Let's continue to embrace the light even after Divali festivities are done

The following is Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's Divali address.

"On this Divali day, on behalf of the people and Government of Trinidad and Tobago, I offer warm greetings to our Hindu community.

Today we join you as you celebrate one of the most significant religious observances on the Hindu calendar.

I am always heartened to note that Divali is enjoyed by both Hindus and non-Hindus across the country, as persons journey to family and friends to share a meal and witness the remarkable displays of lighted deyas.

PM pays tribute to First Peoples

The following is the prime minister's address in recognition of today's public holiday celebrating the country's First Peoples.

"On behalf of the people and Government of Trinidad and Tobago, I extend warm greetings to the First Peoples of our national community.
In October 2016, I gave a commitment to the First Peoples Community that serious consideration would be given to their longstanding requests for recognition in the form of a one-off national holiday, to formally recognise their presence and contribution to our country.