Tradition: The Indian chamber held its biggest ever Diwali festival over the weekend.
Photo: Steve Eastwood
Nearly 600 guests attended the Indian Business Chamber of Luxembourg’s annual Diwali festival over the weekend. It was the sixth time the chamber organised the soirée and this year was the largest ever, Sudhir Kohli, head of the IBCL, told Delano following the event.
Kohli said the chamber moved the festivities to the Chapito at the Casino 2000 in Mondorf because previous venues had become “too overcrowded and people couldn’t move around as well”. The event featured Indian cuisine, entertainment and a bit of networking.
Saturday’s “show was the best ever show we’ve had in Luxembourg” and such a “Bollywood related event has never taken place in Luxembourg till now”.
“Everybody gave very positive feedback about the show and food”, he added, and even the touring performers complimented the Luxembourg audience. They “never had such a welcome before”, said Kohli.
Diwali is the festival of lights, an important, family-centred festival for Hindus and Jains. It also marks the beginning of the traditional new year in Indiaand in overseas Indian communities.
Bringing communities together
Kohli explained that the chamber hosts the Diwali festival to help with: “integrating different communities in Luxembourg because the IBCL believes in integration. Luxembourg believes in integration, [celebrating] different faiths and traditions, and [the Diwali event] is another way to bring people together from different communities and regions together.”
Despite the cultural aspect of the evening, he said that it was still a “business oriented” event. Many attendees came as part of corporate tables.