Diwali: Hindus celebrate in PMB

2010-10-25 00:00

HUNDREDS of Hindus gathered at the Protea grounds in Bombay Heights over three days from Friday evening to celebrate Deepavali/Diwali.

The festival was organised by the Midlands Hindu Society, an umbrella body encompassing the various Hindu organisations in the city.

Song and dance, music, stalls, funfairs and fireworks were all part of the celebrations.

On Saturday morning a float procession from Lahore Road in Northdale went through the streets of Northdale and Raisethorpe, ending at the Protea grounds.

The theme of the celebrations was the arrival of indentured Indian labourers in South Africa some 150 years ago.

Some of them earned 70 cents a month, and the women were paid half that amount for a nine-hour day in the sugar cane plantations and tea estates.

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