Celebration of Hindu Navratri Festival at Garth Hill CollegeBy Becky Barnes
October 25, 2012
Vibrant colours, rousing music and delicious smells filled a school when people gathered to celebrate the Navratri Festival.
The Indian Community Association Bracknell (ICAB) gathered at Garth Hill College, Bull Lane, to honour the Hindu Mother Goddess on Thursday, October 18, and Friday, October 19.
Organiser Ravi Tailor said: “The Indian population of Bracknell has been slowly growing over the years and we are happy that many more Indians are now coming to our celebrations compared with numbers when we first started celebrating Navratri in Bracknell in 1996.”
Singers and musicians played devotional music on tabla and dhol (Indian drums), keyboard and manjiras (a small version of cymbals).
Children took part in a fancy dress competition and adults entered the best decorated aarti plate competition.
Neeru Madan said: “We all lead busy lives but our different festivals inspire us, especially our children, to remain in touch with our cultural roots. It is another brilliant effort by ICAB for the Indian community. I cannot wait until Saturday for the Poonam Garba celebrations to mark the end of Navratri and remind us that Diwali (Festival of Lights) is just a few weeks away.”