Gauteng Diwali Festival Joburg 2010
Diwali (or Deepavali if you prefer) falls on Friday, 05 November this year or at least Lakshmi Puja does. Lakshmi Puja marks the most important day of Diwali celebrations. Hindu homes worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the God of auspicious beginnings, and then light lamps in the streets and homes to welcome prosperity and well-being.
Even so, our Hindu friends here in Jozi are getting in early on the celebrations this year, with the annual Gauteng Diwali Festival set to light up the Mary Fitzgerald Square in the Newtown area today. And the South African Hindu Maha Sabha – Gauteng Region is using the opportunity to also celebrate the 150 years of South African Indian Heritage.
Activities you can expect at the Festival!
- The Ram Bhajan group will perform at the beginning of the programme as is customary to start the proceedings with a prayer and bhajan (religious songs) to Lord Rama.
- The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi will be sending a dance group to perform at the Festival.
- Local Indian community based organizations will provide dancers and musicians who will provide entertainment throughout the day.
- Children can look forward to stilt walkers, jugglers, clowns and even a cup-cake decorating competition.
- The Rangoli Competition (floral designs done on board) and the Sari-tying Competition for all to participate in.
- The ever popular Bollywood Dance-off Competition is also sure to provide fun for the whole family!
- There will be an exhibition on 150 years at the Museum Africa.
- A Celebration of literary achievements – Authors Ashwin Desai (Inside Indenture) and Fakir Hassen (150 Years of Bollywood) will sign autographed copies of their books.
- Fire dancers and African drummers will line the venue towards the evening.
- Vegetarian food that boggles the taste buds will be served all day.
- Sans Moonsamy, the electrically charged funny man and Devan Moonsamy will keep visitors entertained throughout the day.
- Blood pressure testing units, motivational speakers for the youth will be hosted throughout the day, with MTV, Channel O and Converse Shoe will be keeping the youth entertained as well.
The festival’s highlights include a ten minute spectacular fireworks show with ‘lots of colour and not the BANG!’ – children’s area, food stalls, holistic centers, cultural extravaganza, stalls that sell popular Indian items, corporate booths to name a few.
For more information visit http://www.diwalifestival.co.za