IBCL Diwali

India meets Luxembourg at Diwali celebrations

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(CS) The Indian Business Chamber of Luxembourg's Diwali celebrations on Saturday brought together India, Luxembourg and the international community for an evening of good food, music and dance with a Bollywood flavour.

IBCL annually celebrates the festival of lights, which in the Hindu calendar marks the start of a new year, with good conquering evil and light victorious over darkness. In Hinduism the day celebrates the return of lord Rama from exile, but Diwali is celebrated among many of India's different religious communities.

This multicultural aspect was highlighted by IBCL president Sudhir Kohli, who said on the night that Luxembourg, like India, is a place where many faiths and traditions come together. It was all the more symbolic that the Diwali not only attracted members of the Indian community in Luxembourg.

With nearly 600 guests in attendance, at every table numerous languages were to be heard, and Luxembourgers mingled with the melting pot mix of the country's international residents. “The Indian Business Chamber of Luxembourg is not just about business, but about people,” said vice president Pedro Castilho.

Traditional roots

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The traditional roots of the evening were, however, not forgotten and the Diwali celebration started with a puja prayer, thanking the gods Lakshmi and Ganesha for their blessings.

Bollywood sounds soon filled the Chapito at Casino 2000 in Mondorf-les-Bains as KSPARK entertainments, a Bollywood fusion dance group based in London, took to the stage.

Back for the second time, after performing at the IBCL Diwali two years ago, the group around choreographer and lead dancer Karan Pangali gave it their all, with two performances on the night presenting a mix of what Bollywood dance has to offer, mixed with modern influences.

The many children brought along to the family-friendly event, mesmerised by the dazzling display gathered in front of the stage, where they were joined by the adults later in the evening, as the dance floor opened and everyone was invited to cut some shapes.

With a mix of Indian dishes on offer at the lavish buffet no-one had to go hungry and the event lasted well into the night.

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