Cricket stars fan the fes­tive flames

Post - - DIWALI - CHANELLE LUTCHMAN POST

THE tem­per­a­ture on Satur­day morn­ing was cer­tainly raised a notch higher, when play­ers from the Durban Heat Cricket Team ar­rived at the mar­quee, at the Durban Di­wali Fes­ti­val.

Ke­shav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo and Okuhle Cele pro­moted the Mzansi Su­per League, South Africa’s ver­sion of the In­dian Premier League, which will get un­der way next week.

They also met some of their fans, who snapped self­ies with the trio.

Cele, 21, a fast bowler, said he jumped at the chance to join his mates at the fes­ti­val, so he could learn more about Di­wali, while Zondo said he en­joyed watch­ing the sky light up with fire­works.

“I re­ceive treats from my friends, who cel­e­brate Di­wali, so I am quite clued up on this re­li­gious day. I re­spect the re­li­gion and I al­ways find my­self wait­ing for the treats,” said Zondo.

He added: “Of course, I have to spend even longer at the gym the next day.”

Maharaj, 28, who at­tended the fes­ti­val for the first time, said while he would not be cel­e­brat­ing Di­wali this year, after his grand­mother’s death, he looked for­ward to see­ing his fam­ily.

“I am a big fam­ily per­son and Di­wali is gen­er­ally my favourite part of the year. I en­joy the fes­tive vibe it gives and, here in Durban, we can see the fes­tiv­i­ties have al­ready be­gun.

“This year, we will ob­serve the fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­day with fam­ily and, while we won’t be cel­e­brat­ing, I have to ad­mit that I haven’t burst a fire­work in 10 years be­cause I love my dog too much. I am not against it, I en­joy watch­ing the lights from my home, but I choose not to burst fire­works.”

PIC­TURE: KIRU NAIDOO

ABOVE: His Majesty, King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu lights the cer­e­mo­nial lamp, with Queen Nandi along­side, to mark the start of the Di­wali/ Deep­avali cel­e­bra­tions at Osuthu royal palace on Satur­day.

PIC­TURES: SIBU­SISO NDOLVU/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

ABOVE: Okhule Cele with fan, Ver­non Deonath, and his chil­dren Ayush, 5, and Ria, 6.LEFT: Crick­eter Ke­shav Maharaj, with a copy of POST, at the Durban Di­wali Fes­ti­val.

PIC­TURE: CHANELLE LUTCHMAN

TOP LEFT: Khaya Zondo with the me­dia co-or­di­na­tor of Durban Heat, Nqo­bile Tembe.

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