4/10/2017 5:20:29 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
April is a special month for the Indian community. It is around this month that various Indian ethnic groups welcome their new year, with pomp, colour and celebration that could easily rival December 31st festivities. The Indian Cultural Fiesta, launched recently at Little India Campbell Lane, marked the beginning of these festivities with vibrant cultural showcases and performances from 16 Indian ethnic associations/societies representing different regions in India. Minister for Education and Second Minister for Transport, Ng Chee Meng, graced the launch ceremony as the Guest-of-Honour.
Organised by LISHA (Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association) in partnership with various Indian ethnic associations, the Indian Cultural Fiesta was formerly known as the Indian New Year Celebrations. This event was first initiated in 2010 as a common Indian New Year celebration.
In line with this year’s theme of weddings, various ethnic groups performed wedding dances such as the Assamese Sattriya and Gujarati Garba. As part of the fiesta, an exhibition depicting wedding practices of various ethnicities will be on display at the Indian Heritage Centre until April 13 2017. In addition, a Little India Heritage Trail will be conducted at select timings from Tuesday to Sunday until April 15. Held in conjunction with the fiesta, this heritage trail will take participants on a guided tour to explore the rich history of Little India.