A celebration of Indian and Nepalese culture
Luxembourg's Hereditary Grand Duke took the opportunity to buy a gift for his wife when he called by the Indian Bazaar in Sandweiler on Sunday afternoon.
Prince Guillaume toured the stands selling hand-crafted goods from India and Nepal and picked out a stunning onyx quartz necklace, which he said he would give to Princess Stéphanie.
The young royal was one of hundreds of people to turn out to celebrate Indian and Nepalese cultures while raising funds for Luxembourg non-profit association “Aide à l'Enfance de l'Inde” (AEI).
“I think there are more people than there were last year and they stayed longer. Maybe they stayed because they knew that Prince Guillaume would come,” charity development project manager Kathy Ludwig told wort.lu/en.
In addition to the stands selling handmade jewellery, homeware and Indian and Nepali dishes, visitors were treated to a show of live music and dance from a number of associations.
The bazaar has been running for more than 35 years and serves as the asbl's most important fundraising event, raising on average 20,000 euros per year.
Proceeds from this year's bazaar will fund reconstruction projects in two Nepal villages, following the earthquakes of April and May 2015. A visit at the end of 2015 showed that reconstruction was at a standstill in some parts of the country while thousands of people remained displaced because of the damage caused by the earthquakes.
AEI funds and manages projects in both India and Nepal via its partners. Luxembourg's Development Ministry provides up to 80 percent of funding for its projects while the asbl must raise the shortfall.