Indians celebrate the cultural festival, Diwali in Lagos

The Indian community celebrated its Cultural Festival of Lights and Happiness, Diwali, in commemoration of their New Year.

Diwali culture was performed by a 12-member Baba Gorekhnath Gotipua ICCR dance troupe at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) auditorium and Indian High Commission office in Lagos recently.

Speaking on the festival, India’s High Commissioner to Nigeria His Excellency Abhay Thakur said the festival was marked by Indians and friends from all over the world as it also coincides with the harvest celebration and of the new year.

The High Commissioner also said it was seen as a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, noting that friends and relatives are visiting and exchanging wishes for the season. That day.

While explaining the traditional dance, Thakur described the meaning Gotipua, unmarried boy as a form of dance in the Indian state of Odisha, and is the precursor of classical Odissi dance.

He further explained that such a dance had been performed in Odisha for centuries by young boys, who dressed as women to praise Lord Jagannath and Krishna.

“Diwali, the festival of lights and happiness is marked by Indians and friends from all over the world.

“It also coincides with the harvest festival and the New Year and is considered a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

“Many in India celebrate the fourth day of the five days of the festival, which today is like New Year’s Day.

“On this day, friends and relatives visit each other and exchange good wishes for the season

“It has been played in Odisha for centuries by young boys, who dress as women to praise Lord Jagannath and Krishna.” He said.

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