A taste of India
(CS) Saturday night saw the traditional Deewali celebrations of the Indian Association Luxembourg (IAL), featuring Indian dance, drums and cuisine.
The event also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the IAL, an organisation which aims to bring together the Indian community in Luxembourg as well as offering an opportunity for cultural exchange with Luxembourg.
It was no surprise then that the Centre culturel et sociétaire an der Eech in Leudelange was host not only to a large number of the Indian community, but also plenty of locals and people from other Luxembourg communes who came together to celebrate the Festival of lights.
Around 350 people joined in the Deewali festivities, which honour the conquering of good over evil, of light over darkness.
With delicious food from New Delhi restaurant in Luxembourg guests were fortified for a long night of celebrations. The excellent Bollywood Samsation, together with Desi Rajas and DJ G-One provided lively entertainment and the dance floor was bursting with energy even in the late hours of the night.
Perhaps the biggest round of applause went to a group of children and teenagers who reenacted a traditional Indian wedding, only one of the ways in which IAL used the night to celebrate Indian culture, after an intimate moment of prayer opened the celebrations.
Counsellor to the Embassy of India to Belgium and Luxembourg, Mr B Vanlalvawna travelled all the way from Brussels with his wife and son to join the celebrations. It was indeed a family occasion, as dozens of children kept their parents on their toes into the late hours of the evening.
It was this that made the night truly special. It was not just a festival of lights with vibrant colours, food and dance. It was also a chance to talk to members of the Indian community, find out more about their customs, traditions and backgrounds, and speak to them about their experiences living in Luxembourg.