Thursday, October 22, 2015


Thousands of people of various faiths from across Manchester gathered at the city centre to celebrate the festivals of Dussehra and Diwali on weekend, a British media report said. Over 8,000 people from across northwest England came together at Albert Square to enjoy art, dance, food, music and spectacular display of fireworks during the 10th annual Dussehra Diwali Mela organised by the Indian Association Manchester and Manchester Council, the Manchester Evening News reported on Sunday .
The day began with live performances by singers Sheeba Khan and Shubhra and British Asian Bhangra band Shin DCS. Visitors were treated to arts and crafts workshops, as well as stalls selling Indian food, clothes, jewellery and accessories. At dusk, there was a lantern procession as part of the Diwali celebrations. “The event brings people together from every community in Greater Manchester. The event is also fantastic artistically and gives lots of performers a chance to shine. It's not your average day in Manchester, that's for sure,“ Rajyashree Dutta, president of the Indian Association Manchester, was quoted as saying.
Something similar took place in the land of pyramids. Hundreds of members of the vibrant Indian community in Egypt celebrated Dussehra festival with traditional garba dance at a colourful event here.
More than 600 people, including those who travelled from Alexandria, Port Said and Ismailia, joined the celebration organised by the Indian Community Association of Egypt (ICAE).
Dressed in colourful saris, ghagracholi, kurtas and churidars, the Indian community members danced and played Garba with the Egyptian people at the event organised on Friday .
Egyptian artistes from Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), Cairo, danced to the music of folk and traditional Hindi songs, adding a fresh dimension to the shared bonds between the two people of the two countries.
India's ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya conveyed Durga Puja, Navratri and Dussehra greetings.
He congratulated Indian community members for retaining the strong traditions and inculcating them in children, who were present in large numbers.
He also welcomed the Egyptian people who joined the celebrations and shared the joy . The function commenced with the traditional lighting of lamps by Bhattacharyya followed by an ` Aarti of Ma Durga.' Vijayadashami is celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana and also as the triumph of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.
For Indians living overseas, such festivals provide an opportunity to keep alive their traditions and culture and also share it with the younger generation.
Later, the participants also had a taste of Indian delicacies.

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