Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development and Margaret Mc Dowall, Chairman of the National Trust, joined T&T’s Hindu community in their celebration of Divali, by lighting hundreds of deyas at the newly renovated Mille Fleur.

On Thursday, members of the Council and Staff at the National Trust participated in a small, deya-lighting ceremony at Mille Fleurs, to commemorate Divali and to celebrate the adoption of the prestigious Magnificent Seven building as the new home of the National Trust.

Mc Dowall said: “Mille Fleurs has served the people of Trinidad and Tobago in many forms over its illustrious history. As the soon to be, new home of the National Trust, we wanted to mark this moment with the commemoration of Divali, and we intend to make the space available to all persons in Trinidad and Tobago in due course.

“I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Council and staff of the National Trust to extend Divali greetings to the national community with the hope that the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and good over evil, which is symbolised through this auspicious festival and the optimism engendered through the lighting of deyas will be enjoyed by everyone.

For us at the National Trust, our lighting of deyas at Mille Fleurs was the perfect beginning of this new chapter in our evolution as an organisation.”

Before the lighting of deyas, the National Trust hosted an online lecture by Dr Visham Bhimull, founder of Caribbean Hindustani, entitled Celebrating Lights and language.

Dr Bhimull shared with a very appreciative audience, the engaging history of the local and international celebration of Divali and how the evolution of Bhojpuri language and Trinbagonian English creole has served to shape the unique identity of T&T’s culture.