The National Library and Information System Authority marked the occasion of Divali 2004 at the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago, at the Carnegie Free Library and other libraries throughout the country by hosting exhibitions and programmes for its staff and the public. All programmes were designed to inform and educate the public on the significance of Divali and Hinduism. The main theme of each activity was tolerance, enlightenment and understanding to foster a harmonious Trinidad and Tobago.
The staff Divali programme at the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago held on November 03, 2004, featured performances by local artist Tej and Sati, the Clico Shiva Shakti Dancers and Pinky Boodram. Pundit Ishwar Santlal delivered the Divali message.
The exhibition launch took place on the November 08, 2004. The one-month exhibit at the atrium of the National Library focuses on the Philosophy of Divali and Hinduism as well as a number of books on Hinduism by both local and foreign authors. A number of schools attended the launch and were treated to performances by the Quicksilver Tassa Group and the Madan Rampaul Cultural Group. The feature speaker was Pundit Sheetal Kumar Persad of the Dattatreya Yoga Ashram who enlightened those present on the meaning and significance of Divali.
At the Carnegie Free Library programme which took place on November 08, 2004, guests were entertained with performances by the Gasparillo Hindu School, Grant Memorial Presbyterian School, San Fernando Boys RC School, St. Gabriel’s RC School and Vistabella Presbyterian School. Delivering the words of wisdom on Divali was Ravindranath Bhim, a teacher of the Pepper Village Primary School.