By Roxana Mironescu
Some 500 people put on their festive gowns, saris or dhotis on Saturday night and joined the Indian Business Chamber in Luxembourg to celebrate Diwali.
The event at Alvisse Parc Hotel in Luxembourg-City brought together members of the Indian, international and local community, who celebrated the festival of lights in a warm, family-like atmosphere.
Bollywood & Fusion Dance Group mesmerised the audience on the night
At this year’s party, Diwali celebrations included a spectacular dance performance by London-based group ‘‘Eastern Illusions’’ offering the audience an impressive fusion of classic Bollywood beats and moves and modern Western music and dance styles.
Performing twice during the night, the dance group showcased a wide range of colourful and glittery Bollywood outfits that mesmerised both the young and the grown-ups in the audience.
On Saturday, event participants were also introduced to the traditional ceremony of lighting diyas, small clay-made lamps filled with oil, honouring and welcoming Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and fortune.
IBCL President makes reference to the need of light in everyone’s life
Delivering a speech on the occasion, President of Luxembourg’s Indian Business Chamber Sudhir Kohli welcomed participants to this year’s celebrations, talked about the importance of Diwali and noted that ‘‘we all need light in our lives’’.
Members of the audience were also offered the chance to participate in a tombola hosted by IBCL members and event co-presenters Pedro Castilho and Dolly Sinuh. The winners were therefore offered dinner vouchers at various local Indian restaurants, free mobile phones, Irish whiskey bottles and a 10-day trip for two to India among many other prizes.
This year’s Luxembourg Diwali was filled with dynamic and colourful dances, mouth-watering Indian dishes and a welcoming environment for all participants.
Throughout the event, a DJ played a great variety of Indian tunes and those willing to show off their dancing skills were encouraged to do so on the open dance floor, shortly after the ‘‘Eastern Illusions’’ choreographer shared with the audience a few basic Indian moves.
Diwali, a major festival for Hindus all over the globe
For Hindus across the world, Diwali is one of the most important festivals over the year and a time to be spent in family. It symbolises the return of Lord Rama, along with wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, from his 14-year-long exile and the triumph of good over evil.
The Indian Business Chamber of Luxembourg promotes the development of trade, economic, financial, educational, legal, scientific and cultural relations between India and the Grand Duchy. It is set to celebrate its fifth anniversary in March 2014.