5-Year Indian Festival

1114_Scene_5-Year Indian FestivalBeginning with a short prayer ceremony known as Puja, and lighting of the Diya lamps, the Diwali Festival has been celebrated collectively by Dongguan’s Indian community for the past five years. The holiday was originally a Hindu festival, but has been widely accepted by India as a whole. “In Dongguan we cannot do much fire crackers so you may not see any on Diwali, but in India there is a huge celebration of fire crackers, sometimes lasting for a few hours,” said Sumant Khanna, the local resident in charge of organizing the festivities.

“This is by far the biggest festival in India,” said Khanna. He says that even though there are Indians, many working in the shoe and leather industries, Dongguan has no official organization as there are in nearby cities like Guangzhou and Shenzhen. So an event like this one holds special importance for those living in Dongguan as a time to come together to show unity and to teach young family members about their Indian identity and culture.

During the celebration, which took place on October 25 at Spice Restaurant in Dongcheng’s Designer Hotel, 98 people were treated to a buffet of Indian cuisine catered by Shenzhen’s Taj Restaurant. Normally, Khanna said, “People volunteer to perform cultural dances, sing traditional songs, etc. This year we did not have due to space restrictions.” However, there was plenty of Bollywood music.

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