It was a pleasure for all five senses last Saturday- the so-called “Plëss” was transformed into a festive, vibrant and incredibly good-smelling miniature version of India. The event, organised by the Indian Association of Luxembourg, celebrated 70 years of India’s independence from the British on 15 August 1947.
The event started off with an official opening, followed by classic Indian music. Afterwards, women walked down a catwalk, showcasing saris from different cities and regions in India. Next on the programme was an energising Dhol percussion performance, which ended with a big crowd joining the performers on stage. Until 5pm, the public was presented with colourful traditional music and dances.
Besides the performances on stage, the square was packed with diverse stands, such as traditional Indian game boards, Henna hand painting, an Indian music station hosted by Radio ARA, a photo booth with Indian costumes and even a tourism information stand. The food courts offered curries, South Indian food and traditional Indian beverages.
Akash, Anmar and Chintan, who helped on the day, told Delano on 18 September that besides giving local residents of Luxembourg an insight into Indian culture, the event also aimed to “bring together” the Indian community residing in the grand duchy.
According to the latest official data published by Statec, there are more than 1,400 Indians living in Luxembourg. The three added that they hoped to attract more Indian people in the coming years and to continue to thrive with their annual event. They also announced that interested people are welcome to join other Indian festivities planned in the upcoming weeks, including their annual Diwali festival, held on 28 October.