Di­wali goes down South

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The In­dian cul­ture was brought to the fore in Vieux-Fort last Satur­day when the In­dian com­mu­nity of Vieux-Fort cel­e­brated Di­wali, an event which gen­er­ated much in­ter­est among par­tic­i­pants.

Di­wali is an In­dian fes­ti­val which is cel­e­brated by In­di­ans all over the world. The 15-day fes­ti­val which com­mences at the end of Oc­to­ber is a pe­riod of cleans­ing dur­ing which fam­i­lies get to­gether to share sweets and have a happy cel­e­bra­tion in light.

The In­di­ans cel­e­brated the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion with much pas­sion, cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere of joy.

The event, which was held at Ki­ma­trai Ho­tel, at­tracted the In­dian Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Amer­i­can Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine. They played an ac­tive part in the event, by show­cas­ing a daz­zling dis­play of their tal­ent. A num­ber of other in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing a St. Lu­cian, also demon­strated their skills dur­ing the var­i­ous pre­sen­ta­tions which in­cluded singing and danc­ing, among oth­ers. Fin­ger-lick­ing In­dian cui­sine was also served.

A mem­ber of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee of the event said he was very sat­is­fied with its out­come. “The event was very ex­cit­ing. I en­joyed it,” he said.

He said the com­mit­tee will try to make the an­nual event big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year.

Also com­ment­ing on the event was a mem­ber of the In­dian Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion of St. Lu­cia who said he was also im­pressed with the pre­sen­ta­tion and level of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the event has the po­ten­tial to de­velop into a grand oc­ca­sion, at­tract­ing a very large num­ber of the In­dian pop­u­la­tion liv­ing here.

“The ini­tia­tive by the In­dian com­mu­nity of VieuxFort is a very good one. It will make the gen­eral pub­lic more knowl­edge­able about our cul­ture and his­tory. The In­dian Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion of St. Lu­cia fully em­braces this ini­tia­tive and will play its part in en­sur­ing it acheives its ob­jec­tive,” he said.

A tra­di­tional In­dian dance on dis­play.

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