President Irfaan Ali has declared Friday 8th April as a national day of prayer and fasting and he is calling on all religious bodies to unite under the “One Guyana” banner and support the day of fasting and prayer.
The day of Fasting and Prayers is being called at this time as three significant religious observances are overlapping this month.
The Christian Community is observing Lent and Easter, the Muslim community is observing Ramadam and Hindus are observing Chaitra Navratri.
The Department of Public Information said the rare occurrence offers a meaningful opportunity for Guyanese from all religious persuasions to come together to pray for Guyana.
President Ali said he sees the moment as an opportunity for the religious bodies and persons from all belief systems to join with each other to promote the spirit of togetherness.
“I would like all of us to fast together, pray together, and stay together as ‘One Guyana’,” he said.
The National Day of Fasting and Prayers will culminate with a grand interfaith meeting at the National Park in a time of prayer, songs and reflections.
Similar activities are expected to be held in other parts of the country.
The President stated that “the ‘One Guyana’ vision springs from our rich multicultural heritage and the need to ensure that our diversity remains a source of strength and not an instrument of division and disaffection.”