Hundreds of people turned out dressed in vibrant colours to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali at the Indian Business Chamber of Luxembourg's (IBCL) annual party on Saturday.
Hosted at the Hotel Parc Alvisse in Domeldange, the event exceeded all past parties, welcoming internationally renowned performers Karan and the KSPARK dancers.
The group added the right amount of glitz and glamour to the evening, performing a range of dances from classical to Bollywood and hip hop. In shimmering golds and reds, the dancers held the 500 spectators mesmerised during the energetic show.
At the end, the entire audience joined in as Karan, a London-based Bollywood dancer, who makes TV appearances in India, taught them some Bollywood dance steps.
IBCL president Sudhir Kohli spoke during the evening about the importance of the festival for all people, not just Hindus. Likening the festival of lights to the Christian holiday of Christmas, he called on people to think of their families, the needy and poor and to offer charity.
The IBCL was set up just over three years ago to strengthen business and cultural ties between Luxembourg and India.
“This can only happen when there's a clear understanding of cultural groups between the two,” explained Mr Kohli, adding: “This is one of the roles of the IBCL.”
For Hindus Diwali, or the festival of lights, is one of the most important festivals of the year. It commemorates the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshmana, from his 14-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana and symbolises the triumph of good over evil.
The next IBCL event will be held on November 19, titled, Economic and business opportunities in India from a European Perspective.