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Trinidad's Festival of Lights November 13, 2012, Hindus all over the world celebrated Diwali, also called the “Festival of Lights.” This festival is a national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago since 22% of the population is Hindu. Diwali takes place every year between mid-October and mid-November depending on the lunar calendar. The word Diwali (also spelled Divali in some regions) is taken from a word that means “row of lamps.” Hence, people light small clay (oil) lamps called “diyas.” Our street was well lit with diyas placed on sidewalks, staircases, balcony ledges, driveways, windowsills, street sides, and obviously around shrines, images, and statues of their gods and goddesses. The lights symbolize the triumph of good over evil, in that, according to one Hindu legend, “Lord Rama” returned to his kingdom of Ayodhya, and was greeted by the people with rows of lights. In order to prepare for Diwali, people clean their houses and yards, buy new clothes, and prepare a lot of food, sweets, and snacks. Many people send Diwali greeting cards to each other. Relatives, friends, and neighbors, regardless of religious affiliation, are invited to share the celebration with food and fireworks late into the night. As Christians, though, we know that Diwali is a distraction from the True Light Jesus offers the world. We are in Trinidad and Tobago to share the Light of the World with people who seek peace and happiness in legends, festivals, meditation, images, and religion. No amount of good works or religious ceremonies can help give anyone eternal life in Heaven. As we pass out tracts and tell people about Jesus the Light Who paid the full price for our sin, pray for many to put their trust in Jesus alone as their only way to Heaven. Dr. David Long, Trinidad 12 Islander – No 1, 2013