Diwali goes down South
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.