Celebration for Indian community

ABOUT 400 people are expected to attend special celebrations in the Murwillumbah Civic Centre tomorrow by the local Indian community.

One of the organisers, Marie Burke, said the Lohri celebrations would feature local children doing traditional Indian dancing, a welcome for the recognition of the agricultural harvest of the region and a welcome to newly-born children, particularly grandchildren, and new brides.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had one in Murwillumbah,” before she said.

“We have quite a few people coming from Brisbane for the event.”

Lohri festivals originated in Punjab as a day of imparting social love to one and all with Indian people from all castes and social strata coming together.

Every year Lohri celebrations in India and Indian communities around the world seek to bridge social gaps, with people visiting homes, distributing sweets and greeting each other as well as holding festivals such as the one planned for the Murwillumbah Civic Centre.

The celebrations are due to start at 5pm.



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