Eighth Diwali Festival to be celebrated this Sunday

2015-10-21 06:00
The eighth annual Nelson Mandela Bay Diwali Festival will take place at the Malabar Community Centre on Sunday, October 25. 

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: The eighth annual Nelson Mandela Bay Diwali Festival will take place at the Malabar Community Centre on Sunday, October 25. photo: (file) carina roux

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METRO Mayor Danny Jordaan will be the guest of honour at the eighth annual Nelson Mandela Bay Diwali Festival at the Malabar Community Centre on Sunday, October 25.

Diwali or Deepavali is the annual Festival of Lights, and is celebrated by Hindus all over the world and is a time for giving and sharing. This year the actual festival which symbolises the victory of Light over Darkness, Good over Evil will be celebrated on November 11.

To mark the occasion the local organising committee has been organising a community-based cultural festival for the past seven years. Funds raised from the festival have been donated to the Malabar Primary School, Woolhope Secondary School, Centre for Abused Women and Children, Sasko Wheel Chair Project, Iskcon-Food for Life, Inn Safe Hands Home for Abandoned Children, a cancer patient, and residents in Ward 12, bordering Malabar and Gelvandale, whose homes were destroyed by fire.

This year the committee has pledged to donate R20 000 to the Food for Life project which feeds thousands each week from its premises in Alexander Road, Newton Park.

The food is currently prepared in an old garage which badly needs refurbishment. The cultural festival will also provide an opportunity for the public to make pledges towards this project.

Iskcon has also undertaken to feed needy students at NMMU every Tuesday.

The theme for this year’s festival is Food for Light, Food for Life.

The festivities will begin with a procession which will start at the Malabar Community Centre at 10am and proceed through the streets, stopping over at the temples, namely the Seva Samaj Mandir, the Sathi Sanmarka Sangum and the SS Aulayam before returning to the community centre.

Various stalls selling food, clothing, sweetmeats, tea, coffee, etc. will be set up on the lawns of the community centre,creating a carnival atmosphere in marquees. Kids will be treated to a jumping castle and face-painting.

The festivities will culminate in a cultural concert starting at 2:30pm. For more info call Vinash Indarjee on 083 413 3133 or e-mail Vindarjee@distell.co.za

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