The High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam on Friday held a series of events joined by members of the Indian diaspora in the Sultanate, to mark the onset of the four-day harvest festival in India.
The harvest festival is celebrated across India and is known by different names in different parts of the country.
It marks the celebration of new crops for the spring season with hope for good health and prosperity for everyone.
The festival also signifies the start of the year on a note of hope, love and togetherness, heralding a change in season from the day the sun begins moving from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere.
The festivities began with the Indian community joining hands in making colourful Rangolis (artistic portrayal of a medley of colours) at four different locations in the capital.
Children and adults also participated in a kite flying event at Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas.
The event represented vibrancy, diversity, and a desire to aim higher in life with the confidence to overcome challenges that cross their paths.
Meanwhile, High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar as the guest of honour launched two books, Soft Computing Techniques in Solid Waste and Wastewater Management and Green Technologies for the Defluoridaton of Water, authored by Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Senior Assistant Professor Dr Rama Rao Karri.
The event was part of the year-long celebrations of India’s 75th year of Independence, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The participants were treated to traditional snacks and savouries.