Published On: Tue, Oct 17th, 2017

A Diwali Message from St. Maarten Guyanese Association


Philipsburg — The St. Maarten Guyanese Association (SMGA) would like to wish all Hindus a Happy Diwali, especially those in the Diaspora who are spending this festival of lights away from our beautiful ‘Land of Many Waters’.

This year, especially after the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Irma just over a month ago, this observance should more poignant as we stop to reflect and be thankful for life and the fact that good will always overcome evil.

As an association, we call on our Hindu brothers and sisters to celebrate this day as you would have done before to signify the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Let us light those diyas and welcome this magical time as there is no better time than now to celebrate and embrace love, joy, and everything else that is good.

May those earthen lamps brighten your lives and make St. Maarten a better and stronger island. May your life be filled with infinite joy, wealth, and health. Happy Diwali to you!


St. Maarten Guyanese Association Meeting Wednesday

~ Database being developed ~

Cul de Sac, St. Maarten (October 17, 2017) — The St. Maarten Guyanese Association (SMGA) has resumed its weekly meetings and is encouraging all nationals of Guyana to attend on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at its 158 B Back Street location in Philipsburg.

The SMGA held its first post-Hurricane Irma meeting last Thursday (October 12, 2017), where persons were updated on matters of concern and interim board members selected. The association is currently asking all persons to attend Wednesday night’s meeting in order to provide information to begin developing a database of Guyanese and their descendants living on the island.

This information is needed in order to have a true reflection of the size of the Guyanese community so that in times of disaster, persons can be easily contacted and marked as safe. Additionally, the association wants to be able to assist where it can in all aspects, as outlined in its constitution.