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Kuwait via Huddersfield: Students celebrate Kuwait National Day

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VIP: The Head of the Cultural Office from the Kuwaiti Embassy, Dr Fawzan Alfares (second from the right) travelled from London to join in the celebrations

VIP: The Head of the Cultural Office from the Kuwaiti Embassy, Dr Fawzan Alfares (second from the right) travelled from London to join in the celebrations

Over 500 students from around the world helped the Kuwaiti Student Society celebrate their National Day in Huddersfield last week, alongside special guest, Dr Fawzan Alfares, from the Kuwaiti Embassy in London.

Festivities began with the Kuwaiti national anthem being played out to a joyful audience, followed by a special video demonstrating the memorable moments experienced at last year’s celebrations.

Dr Alfares presented certificates and gifts at the celebration, which was open to staff and students, with traditional food, singing and dancing on offer.

INSTRUMENTAL: Students listened to - and participated in playing  -traditional musical instruments from Kuwait

INSTRUMENTAL: Students listened to - and participated in playing -traditional musical instruments from Kuwait

Co-organiser of the student society events held on campus is the University’s International Student Experience Manager Alan Tobi.

He believes these events are vital to the inclusion of the University’s international students.

He said: “The University prides itself on providing a world-class student experience and these events provide a platform for a natural inclusion of our British and international students to learn from one another’s cultures and develop friendships.”

CELEBRATION: Students were clearly enjoying what National Day had to offer

CELEBRATION: Students were clearly enjoying what National Day had to offer

Kuwait’s Independence was decided in 1961 under the leadership of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem.

His reign was so central to the evolution of modern Kuwait that when he died in 1965, the date on which he had ascended the throne in 1950 (25th February), it was designated as a National Day.

There are currently 80 Kuwaiti students studying at Huddersfield and in 2015, the University opened a Middle East office situated in Abu Dhabi.

FLAG: A student waves a flag whilst kitted out in traditional dress

FLAG: A student waves a flag whilst kitted out in traditional dress

Here, prospective students can find help on how to choose the right programme of study at the University of Huddersfield as well as support with the application process.

This year was the second time the Kuwaiti Society has held National Day celebrations and plans are already being put forward for a third.

The event also saw attendance from the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor - International Professor  Dave Taylor - Director of International Development Andrew Mandebura and International Officer Middle East and South Asia, Matt Christie.

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Happy Diwali: Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate annual holiday

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CELEBRATIONS: On the third day of Diwali, Hindus mark the festival of Lakshmi Puja with celebrations in the temple

CELEBRATIONS: On the third day of Diwali, Hindus mark the festival of Lakshmi Puja with celebrations in the temple

Millions of people around the world marked the annual festival of Diwali last week as celebrations were seen across different countries, different continents and different faith groups.

Commemorated every year by Sikhs, Hindus and Jains, the date is one which sees families come together for a day of celebration, and is known as the Festival of Light.

For Hindus, Diwali represents the day that Lord Rama brought his wife, Sita, and brother, Lakshmana, back to the kingdom after spending 14 years in exile in the forest.

For Sikhs, it is an occasion celebrated to mark the release of Guru Hargobind, the sixth guru, who was wrongfully imprisoned by an emperor.

In a message to all celebrating the occasion, British Prime Minister David Cameron praised the contribution different religious groups made to the nation and wished them ‘Shubh Diwali’.

In a statement he said: “Families are coming together, lights are being strung up, the food is going in the oven, Diwali is upon us once again.

“As the celebrations get underway, from London to Leicester, Glasgow to Gwent, Bristol to Birmingham, I want to send out my very best wishes to everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights.

RELIGION: Crowds gathered at temples across the world to mark the Festival of Lights

RELIGION: Crowds gathered at temples across the world to mark the Festival of Lights

“This is a great moment in our national calendar and an opportunity to shine a light on the communities who do so much to make Britain great.

“In every walk of life, in every corner of our country, you can see the immense contribution of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.

“Treating patients in our NHS, teaching children in our schools, building the businesses that boost our economy, keeping our streets safe in the police and armed forces and all the while helping to make Britain what we are so proud to be: the greatest multi-racial democracy on earth.

LIGHTS: An important part of the Diwali celebrations are the candles

LIGHTS: An important part of the Diwali celebrations are the candles

“Day in day out, these communities put into practice the very best of British values like generosity, responsibility, enterprise, family. Nowhere are those values more evident than in people’s religious beliefs.

“I think of the people of Neasden Mandir or those at Gurdwara Sahib Leamington and Warwick, demonstrating every day the devotion and dedication they derive from their faith by helping others.

“I want to thank all of them for their incredible contribution to Britain. We are better and stronger for it.

“And to everyone celebrating, let me wish you a happy and peaceful Diwali and a prosperous New Year. Shubh Diwali.”

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Bradford married couple celebrate 102nd and 109th Birthday

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CELEBRATE: A joint birthday party was held at the Manningham based Carlisle Business Centre with guests joining travelling from all over the world to join in the celebrations

CELEBRATE: A joint birthday party was held at the Manningham based Carlisle Business Centre with guests joining travelling from all over the world to join in the celebrations.

211 reasons to celebrate in Manningham

A married couple in Bradford are running out of room on their birthday cakes for candles after a joint birthday party was held last weekend to mark their 102nd and 109th birthdays.

Even more remarkable perhaps is that the couple have been married for an astonishing 89 years next month, giving the Chand family even more reasons to celebrate.

Karam and Katari Chand are considered to have the longest marriage in the world after tying the knot in the Punjab in 1925, in a traditional Sikh ceremony.

On Sunday 23rd November, family, friends and esteemed guests came together to celebrate their latest milestone as they passed another birthday in good health.

A joint celebration was held for Karam, who turned 109 on 11th November, and Katari who was 102, ten days earlier.

Family travelled from as far away as India to join in the celebrations with Dr Sodhi Ram, the couple’s eldest son, making the tiring journey alongside his wife.

Paul Chand, another of the Chand’s eight children, said it was one of the greatest days of his parent’s lives as they were able to see so many members of their family, all under one roof.

“It was a great celebration and we had people come from all over to celebrate with my Mum and Dad,” he said.

“It is their anniversary next month and that will be another party but last weekend’s was really special.

“To reach 109 and 102 years old is fantastic and we all, as a family, want to wish them the best for many more years to come.”

Karam and Katari moved to Bradford in 1965 and have family living around the world, including 30 grandchildren and another 30 great grandchildren.

Amongst other guests at the Carlisle Business Centre on Sunday were Bradford's deputy mayor Roger L'Amie, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire David Pearson and Fazal Hussain MBE, on behalf of the Muslim community.

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