Clerics, diplomats join to mark Guyanese independence anniversary

Rudolph Ten-Pow, ambassador and permanent representative of Guyana to the United Nations, and the Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana in New York, will honor the 52nd anniversary of Independence of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana with an Interfaith Service at 3 pm on Sunday, May 20.

The service — to be led by religious leaders of the various faiths of Guyana — will be held in the atrium of the Academic Core Building on the campus of York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.

The diplomats, in collaboration with the Friends of the Consulate Committee, are inviting all Guyanese to participate in the evening of prayer and thanksgiving for the nation’s accomplishment, as they celebrate the theme: “Six People Living and Working Together in Unity.”

A procession of faith leaders, along with flag bearers and a choir will begin the service, which will be presided over by Bishop Robin Dinnanauth of the Christian community, Sheik Mohammed Shaffieq of the Muslim community and Pandit Arun Gossai of the Hindu community.

The event will end with the singing of Guyanese folk songs, a flute solo, and a reception featuring cuisine showcasing Guyana’s rich cultural heritage.

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