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Bradford’s Dragonboat Festival sees teams battling it out over three-day tournament

Thousands of people from different faiths and cultures descended upon Roberts Park in Saltaire to enjoy the spectacle of the Dragonboat Festival, now in it’s third year.

It’s been estimated that some 15,000 people turned up for the three-day event which ran from Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May.

Whilst the festival was delivered by volunteers, many of them were council officers jointly working with local businesses and the community to showcase the positive attitudes and the best in community spirit within the city.  

Other cities have seen this and are now using Bradford as the benchmark.  

During the event supporters cheered on some 41 teams from across our region, including the first international team ever to participate from Pakistan, thanks to the Consul General of Pakistan, Ahmed Amjad Ali.

Committed to promoting Pakistani culture to both British Pakistanis and the wider community, is a passion very close to the Consul General’s heart. Says Mr Ali: “I am keen to promote a positive image of Pakistan and Pakistanis in Britain, as there is so much for us to give to the wider community.

“As Pakistanis living in Britain, we must take an active interest to educate people that Pakistan is a peaceful and loving nation.

Teams were raising money for the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Geoff Reid’s chosen charity YoungMinds, which helps children, young people and their parents to find out about the mental health and wellbeing services that are available to them.

As well as taking to the boats, other entertainment in the park included live music, an Army inflatable assault course, a climbing wall and public Zumba classes.

Registration for 2018 has already opened and people can register via the website http://www.bradforddragonboatfestival.co.uk

 


 

The winners of the championships

  • Day 1 Youth Championship (5th May)

Appleton Academy (Seniors) How to Train Your Dragon Boat (Juniors)

  • Day 2 The Charity Festival for the Lord Mayor's Appeal (6th May)

Provi-Ducks

  • Day 3

Socially Minded Mish Mash Splish Splash who are raising money for Centre Point

 


 

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Sufi music and dance to be celebrated at star-studded festival

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ORGANISER: Zaffar Tanweer is the brains behind the festival

ORGANISER: Zaffar Tanweer is the brains behind the festival 

A Muslim celebration of music and dance in the Sufi tradition is set to become a permanent feature on Bradford's cultural calendar.

Saif-ul-Maluk is an allegorical book of poetry from one of the best-loved sufi saints – Mian Mohammad Bakhsh.

This year the third Saif-ul-Maluk Festival is all set to take place at the beautiful Alhambra theatre over two days, and will feature a music concert boasting hugely popular A-list artists from the Indo-Pak subcontinent.

Organiser Zaffar Tanweer hopes to make the Saif-ul-Maluk conference and festival an indelible feature of Bradford's cultural calendar, a city which has been a strong contender for capital of culture, and is home to one of the most diverse populations anywhere in the country.

FESTIVAL: Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans performing at tha previous festival

FESTIVAL: Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans performing at tha previous festival

 

"We would like Bradfordians to embrace this event of love peace and respect for all faiths colours and creeds as taught by the great Sufi thinkers of the world," he said.

"Mian Mohammad Baksh who wrote the poetry more than a century ago is a highly respected thinker and an equally loved poet among Bradford's Asian communities. His message of love for all has never been needed as much as it is in today's world."

The festival will comprise of two sessions of discussion and music, and will feature prominent scholars, world famous singers Hans Raj Hans and Ustad Rafaqat Ali Khan, and will introduce new, home-grown talent.

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Foodie temple: A huge community success for Bolton food festival

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BUSY DAY: Hundreds of people turned out throughout the day to sample some international flavours

BUSY DAY: Hundreds of people turned out throughout the day to sample some international flavours

Bolton’s diverse communities gathered in their hundreds last weekend as the local Vishwa Hindu Parishad Temple held their inaugural food festival.

Bringing delicacies of the world to the centre of the town, the event was warmly received by all who ventured down, including the Mayor of Bolton Cllr Lynda Byrne, who cut the ribbon to kick off the festivities.

OPEN FOR FOODIES: Mayor of Bolton Cllr Lynda Byrne officially opened the food festival with a ribbon cutting

OPEN FOR FOODIES: Mayor of Bolton Cllr Lynda Byrne officially opened the food festival with a ribbon cutting

Alongside the selection of spicy treats, crowds were entertained by dance acts, activities and even a human fruit machine.

Project co-ordinator, Ila Kothari, organised the festival with volunteer Kala Kerai, and their team of willing helpers.

Labelling the day a ‘great success’ she added: “To see over 300 people turnout on the day was a fantastic achievement and the feedback we received was really good.

“The community really got behind the event with people of all backgrounds coming down to try out the range of foods on offer and join in the fun.”

The community centre behind the project caters for mostly over-50s with funds raised from the day going to Bolton Hindus’ Age Inspiration.

The site provides a space for Bolton’s older Hindu community to socialise with events also held throughout the month.

Ila said: “This place is very important to so many people as it gives members a chance to get out of the house and meet with friends.

“The money raised from the food festival will go towards ensuring we can continue to provide the services we do.”

She added: “A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who made the festival possible and to those who came down on the day.”

ENTERTAINMENT: Dancers performed for the crowds

ENTERTAINMENT: Dancers performed for the crowds

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Bradford Eid Festival returns! Celebrations set to take over the weekend

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CELEBRATION TIME: Over 6,000 people turned out to the Bradford Eid Festival last year

CELEBRATION TIME: Over 6,000 people turned out to the Bradford Eid Festival last year

Bradford Moor Park is preparing for a holiday takeover next weekend as the annual Eid Festival returns for a third year.

The free event, organised by volunteers, raises funds every year for a charity of choice through the many stalls and activities on offer on the day.

Over 6,000 people, young and old, turned out for the two-day weekend celebrations in 2015 and more are expected to attend this year.

Mohammed Atique is one of the head organisers of the event and volunteers his own time to ensure others can enjoy a ‘celebratory vibe’ for more than just one day.

FAMILY EVENT: The festival offers something for all ages and backgrounds

FAMILY EVENT: The festival offers something for all ages and backgrounds

After seeing the party atmosphere, generated by the holy Islamic day in Pakistan, consume a whole week, he said he wanted to bring that feel to Bradford.

“In Pakistan, you can go out anywhere over Eid and there is this festival like atmosphere that continues for around a week,” he said.

“Here in the UK, we have our celebrations but it tends to just stop on Eid day.

“The festival aims to give families a chance to enjoy themselves together in the weekend over two days and also ensures our festivities can be shared by people of all faiths.”

This year, the Bradford Eid Festival will be raising money for Orphans in Need and promises more activities and stalls than ever before.

“We want to bring communities together through this event and that is why all the volunteers are willing to give up their own time, during Ramadan, to help organise it,” Atique added.

“There is something for everyone on the day and all the money raised goes to a great cause.”

Running from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, the Bradford Eid Festival promises more surprises than ever before. For more information, or to book a stall, call 07578 888779.

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Eid UTD: “Uniting communities on a common pitch” for holy festival at Old Trafford

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FANTASTIC DAY OUT: Last year’s Eid Festival was a resounding success

FANTASTIC DAY OUT: Last year’s Eid Festival was a resounding success

Organisers are promising the biggest Eid Festival ever to take place in Manchester next month – in partnership with the world’s biggest independent Muslim aid agency, Islamic Relief, and at the home of one of the world’s biggest football teams – Manchester United.

The annual festival is taking place outside the world-renowned Old Trafford Football Stadium on the 9th and 10th of July.

Ateeq Salik, Islamic Relief’s Regional Manager in the North West said: “The idea is to make the celebration of Eid a universal one, by uniting communities on a common pitch – pardon the pun.”

He continued: “Sport and, of course football, unites people of all faiths and ethnicities. What better place to gather in celebration than arguably the biggest club in the world, Manchester United.

“We want to create an environment that is welcoming of all faiths and ethnicities so that people can come and experience the wonders of Eid, while raising vital funds for charity. And of course supporters of all football clubs are equally welcome!”

FUN TIMES: There will plenty of activities and rides to keep children happy throughout the day

FUN TIMES: There will plenty of activities and rides to keep children happy throughout the day

Money raised from the festival will go towards Islamic Relief projects for orphans across the world, and will also support various local causes.  

The event will give selected ticket holders opportunities to tour the Manchester United Museum and Stadium, at discounted prices.

There will also be over 20 fun fair rides including bumper cars, a fun house and other thrilling rides.

After working up an appetite, high-quality Asian food from Sanam, Subway Corner and a fresh BBQ grill will appease hungry revelers.

Zaynabs will be making an appearance with an organic market, providing the best raw, natural and organic products, as well as 40 stalls selling hot food and desserts.

The event takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July in Car Park W3, Old Trafford Stadium, Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 ORA. There will be free parking on site. Entry for Adults is £2 and children is £1

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Music from dusk til dawn: UK’s only all night festival returns to Leeds

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MUST-SEE: East meets West will headline the night’s event

MUST-SEE: East meets West will headline the night’s event

Two Yorkshire artists have been named on the line-up for the fifth annual Summer Solstice Festival in Leeds, as the city prepares to celebrate the longest day in the calendar year.

The South Asian Arts-uk (SAA-uk) event returns on Saturday 18th June with a host of talent set to play through the night from dusk til dawn.

The only all night festival in the UK, which marks the longest day of the year, will be held at the grade II listed building, the Left Bank Leeds, with artists from around the world in attendance.

Bhupinher Singh Chaggar is one local Leeds artist who is looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd.

MUSICAL MAESTRO: Bhupinher Singh Chaggar is amongst the local names set to perform at the Summer Solstice Festival

MUSICAL MAESTRO: Bhupinher Singh Chaggar is amongst the local names set to perform at the Summer Solstice Festival

The local tabla player teaches at Leeds College of Music and is musical director for SAA-uk’s youth academy.

He will be joined on the night by fellow Yorkshire performer, Smt Poulomi Chakraboraty the lead vocalist tasked with taking the audience into the new dawn.

Poulomi is a well known musician and has performed worldwide but this is her first Solstice performance in Leeds.

Headline act has been confirmed as husband and wife team, Shubhendra Rao and Saskia De Haas Rao. Together they have travelled the globe performing ‘East marries West’, a mesmerising performance that is a musical bridge to many cultures.  

Shubhendra, is a composer and sitar maestro from India, Saskia is a cellist and composer from the Netherlands. Critically acclaimed in classical musical circles across the world, they have been asked to play at many highly prestigious events, including concert halls, jazz festivals and open-air festivals.

They will perform ‘East Marries West’ at around 10pm, SAA-uk, CEO, Keranjeet Kaur Virdee explains; “We’re delighted to have secured world headline acts this year. ‘East marries West’ is a powerful piece of music which shows the strength music has to transcend boundaries and bring people together.

“International artists from across the world are flown in especially, allowing us to offer a real diverse range of beautifully composed music.

“The night is like no other and whether you’re an avid fan of classical Indian music, or new to the art form, we welcome you to come along with the entire family, we offer cushions and blankets to keep you comfy, it’s a spectacular experience which really leaves you feeling incredibly energized.”

This year, the Solstice festival will begin at 7.30pm, people are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy a desi curry before the exhilarating music of closing one day and welcoming a new dawn begins.

For tickets contact SAA-UK on 0113 244 5523 or email info@saa-uk.org.

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Drummond Mill fire will not extinguish hopes of seventh annual event

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DEVASTATING: The Drummond Mill Fire destroyed much of the World Curry Festival’s infrastructure

DEVASTATING: The Drummond Mill Fire destroyed much of the World Curry Festival’s infrastructure

Curry Festival to rise from the ashes

Over the past six years, the World Curry Festival has brought thousands of visitors to Bradford, all looking to sample some spicy delights from the official curry capital of Britain.

This year, festival founder Zulfi Karim, has vowed to come back even bigger and better than before, despite much of the equipment, culminated over recent years, being destroyed in the Drummond Mill blaze.

The grade II listed building which had dominated Bradford’s skyline since the late 1880s, was destroyed in January after an inferno took hold of the building.

The fire all but diminished the city’s vision for an arts and cultural hub to be created at the site, which Zulfi described as a ‘very sad loss to the district’.

It is in fact a double blow for the curry enthusiast, whose festival was also badly affected by the fire.

The World Curry Festival’s head offices were located in the original board room at Drummond Mills, whilst the company also used the storage facilities at the mill to house thousands of pounds’ worth of festival equipment.

RETURNING: World Curry Festival founder, Zulfi Karim (right) has vowed to bring back the annual event this year

RETURNING: World Curry Festival founder, Zulfi Karim (right) has vowed to bring back the annual event this year

“We lost our entire infrastructure and all the equipment we had built up over the years in that blaze,” Zulfi explained.

Finding an alternative site to re-house the festival is proving difficult for the team, yet Zulfi insists he is rising to the challenge.

Since returning from Malaysia – where the festival was taking place at the time of the fire, he has been working hard to find ways to build the business back up, and reinvent ways to hold a festival of the same calibre without access to its usual resources.

“Sadly, if you have been affected by fire the support is not there,” he said.  

When asked ‘will the festival rise from the ashes?’ Zulfi remained eternally optimistic.

“We are in our seventh year,” he said, “and have come a long way in a relatively short space of time.

“We are becoming a regular fixture in the Yorkshire calendar, and a recognised international event. We have further to go.”

This year’s festival – the dates of which will be officially announced this month, is set to be bigger and more exciting than ever before.

The fire it seems has given new life to the festival whilst the hope remains that Bradford’s art and cultural sector will find the same determination to grow.

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International Food Festival at Leeds Grand Mosque set to tantalise tastebuds

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FLAGS OF FLAVOUR: Organiser Mohammed Omar tucks into one of the dishes that could be served up at the festival on 28th May

FLAGS OF FLAVOUR: Organiser Mohammed Omar tucks into one of the dishes that could be served up at the festival on 28th May

Melting pot of cultures! 

Calling all foodies, Leeds Grand Mosque is hosting an International Food Festival on Saturday 28th May to raise money for Diabetes UK and the mosque itself.

Local people of different cultures from all over the world are going to be cooking up a medley of delicious foods from their home countries, which will be entered into a cooking competition and judged by TV presenter Nadia Hussein and uber popular food blogger - Curry On Haleema.

Organisers Heena Mahmood, Mohammed Omar and Ruth Townsend wanted to have an all female judging panel to ‘spark some conversation and interest’.

Heena said: “The Festival will begin at 2pm until around 6pm. The reason behind this event is the fact that there’s a diverse population that attend this mosque and also the entire neighbourhood is multicultural.

“We wanted to do something that would bring everyone together- and everyone loves food.”

Heena said that there has been an ‘excellent response’ from the community, “people from all different backgrounds have been supportive,” she continued.

“Everyone has shown an interest. Asians have got involved; Nigerians, a lot of Middle Eastern people are going to be coming - Sudanese families too. It’s been really exciting to hear the feedback so far.”

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The competition will see prizes for the best rice/pasta/potato/bean/lentil dish,
chicken dish, meat dish, vegetable dish, sweet food dish, best junior cook (any dish cooked by child under 16 years), best national team and best male chef.

The categories are very open to allow for cultural interpretations of that type of food and as long as dishes broadly match the category, they can enter.

The event organisers spread the word through social media.  

“Initially, we were going to have each culture having its own table but because we’ve had such a variety of dishes flooding in, we’ve decided to group it into categories,” Heensa said, “such as all the rice dishes together and all the sweet dishes.

“There’ll be a flag and a label with each dish.”

The mosque has suggested a minimum donation of £2 per plate for savoury food and £1 for sweet food.

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Racist rapper banned from festival

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HATEFUL: Azealia Banks couldn’t seem to stop herself from sending a torrent of abuse to the former One Direction singer

HATEFUL: Azealia Banks couldn’t seem to stop herself from sending a torrent of abuse to the former One Direction singer

Zayn Malik is victim of bigoted twitter spat

A British music festival has dropped American rapper Azealia Banks, 24, from her headlining slot after she tweeted racist and homophobic messages about former One Direction star, Zayn Malik.

London radio station, Rinse FM, posted that they had decided “to cancel Banks [for her] headline [slot at] their Born & Bred festival in July.

“Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for everyone. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”

Azealia Banks began trending worldwide and created a Twitter storm after she said that the Bradford-born singing sensation’s new video was a rip-off of her own work.

Malik then retorted and posted two tweets which Banks believed were about her.

CANCELLED: The festival was quick to pick up on the fact that their headline star had been racist and quickly made a decision to drop her from their line-up

CANCELLED: The festival was quick to pick up on the fact that their headline star had been racist and quickly made a decision to drop her from their line-up

She then used the platform to spread her hate further and sent a string of appalling abuse to Malik on Twitter, saying he was a member of One Direction only “to draw brown attention”; that he was a “curry scented b*tch” and also said: “Imma start calling you punjab you dirty b**ch.”

Banks also posted offensive comments about the UK rap scene, saying that British rappers “never have swag” and British rap music was a “disgrace” to the genre.

The New York based rapper has since deleted her Twitter history.

Banks has issued a statement on Twitter but refused to apologise and said the racist insults were a reminder that both herself and Malik were seen ‘differently’ by the wider music industry.

She said: “I had to remind [Malik] that we’re both in the same boat in this industry and people of colour by reminding him that no matter what you may think of yourself the world still sees you as ‘other’. As they see me.”

On Saturday 14th May, Banks issued an apology on her instagram which said she is sorry for 'managing to insult millions of people without reason.'

APOLOGY: Banks later issued an apology to the 'world' for her offensive diatribe

APOLOGY: Banks later issued an apology to the 'world' for her
offensive diatribe

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Aishwarya’s ‘Sarbjit’ to be screened at 69th Cannes Film Festival

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been attending Cannes for the last 15 years

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been attending Cannes for the last 15 years

With an abundance of A-listers and plenty of opportunities for glorious red-carpet appearances and attires, one of the most notable dates on the international film calendar sees Bollywood celebs in attendance.

Joining the usual line-up of bejellewed gowns from Hollywood are Bollywood’s  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat, who’ll be making statements of their own with tailored gowns and looks.

In an exciting turn of events, Aishwarya’s upcoming film ‘Sarbjit’ directed by Omung Kumar will be screened at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival on 14th May.

This will be the 15th year of Aishwarya gracing the Cannes red carpet. Earlier at a press conference, Aishwarya had expressed that Cannes is the best platform for showcasing the biopic.

image005Her co-star Randeep Hooda will give the Cannes premiere of 'Sarbjit' a miss because the doctor advised him against travelling after his appendicitis surgery.

'Sarbjit', which releases worldwide on 20th May is the true-life story of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer who inadvertently crossed the India border into Pakistan, subsequently arrested, jailed and put on a death row. It depicts a 23-year tumultuous period, which Dalbir Kaur (Sarabjit Singh's sister) endured trying to secure her brother’s release from imprisonment.

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Girl Power! WOW festival coming to Bradford in November 2016

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HAPPY: Just a few of the faces at the WOW festival

HAPPY: Just a few of the faces at the WOW festival

2018 marks the centenary of the Suffragette movement, whereby women were first able to cast their votes following the passing of the Representation of the People Act.

Fast forward almost 100 years, and a host of local festivals, under the banner ‘WOW Spirit’ are now being planned to mark the historic dates - the first of which will kick off in Bradford in November.

Founded at Southbank Centre in 2011, WOW (Women of the World) is the world's largest festival network of its kind, reaching over a million people across five continents.

Each festival – made up of various talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop ups and major concerts – celebrates women and girls and takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential.

The festival also raises awareness globally of the issues they face and discusses possible solutions.

In 2015 HRH the Duchess of Cornwall became the president of WOW, and now the festival aims to work closely with all 53 Commonwealth countries by 2018.

As one of the most diverse cities in the UK with a rich history of activism and social change, Bradford is an exciting location to launch the new development.

Southbank Centre will work closely with the people of Bradford over the coming months to deliver WOW Bradford in November.

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012, said:  “As a trust that funds projects that empower people by connecting them with each other and their communities, we are thrilled to support WOW Spirit.

“WOW is a proven model for bringing people together to celebrate the diverse experiences and achievements of women and girls, to highlight challenges they face, to discuss possible solutions to these and to take action.  WOW Spirit is a wonderful opportunity to engage people and communities across the UK in creative and positive change.

TUCKING IN: In towns and cities across the UK , women can look forward to a festival full of varied discussion (and tasty food)

TUCKING IN: In towns and cities across the UK , women can look forward to a festival full of varied discussion (and tasty food)

Participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about what WOW in Bradford should look like and include during a series of ‘Think-in’ planning sessions, the first of which will be held in July at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre on the 7th July.

Further Think-ins will be arranged in community centres, youth centres and public spaces across the city and surrounding areas to ensure that as many people as possible have a chance to contribute and be involved.

WOW Bradford will also provide education and participation opportunities in the lead up to the festival. This includes a Volunteer Programme for ten volunteers aged 18 and over, and a training programme that will equip them with skills to be part of the festival delivery team.

Leading the festival programme is director Evie Manning, whose award-winning theatre production of ‘No Guts, No Heart, No Glory’ — telling the story of five Muslim female boxers from Bradford — was featured at Southbank Centre’s 2015 WOW - Women of the World festival to great acclaim.

She said: “It’s very exciting that WOW is coming to Bradford – this is an opportunity for Bradford to celebrate women and girls in an inspiring way that brings people together from across the city to create something memorable and important.

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Ganesh Chaturthi: Bollywood’s celebrity kids celebrate the ten-day festival with parents

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Akshay Kumar son 13-year-old Aarav, joined his mum Twinkle and grandmother Dimple for a procession before offering the prayers

Akshay Kumar son 13-year-old Aarav, joined his mum Twinkle and grandmother Dimple for a procession before offering the prayers

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was spotted with her daughter Aaradhya

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was spotted with her daughter Aaradhya

Vinayak Chaturthi, the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, has been celebrated with its affiliated vibrancy all across the world.

The modern-day version of public celebrations in India involves installing clay murtis (idols) of Ganesha in public pandals (temporary shrines) and worshipped together for ten days. It’s not uncommon for some murtis to scale to 70 feet in height.

But in Mumbai, there is a special spirit of oneness when you see Bollywood stars join the excitement, visiting the famous Siddhivinayak Temple to take part in the ‘aarti’, like any commoner. Aarti is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities.

The 10-day festival kick-started on 17th September whilst the grand immersion took place on 27th, after which the idol is immersed into water.

Vivek Oberoi with his adorable children – two-year-old Vivaan Veer Oberoi and five-month old daughter Ameyaa Nirvana Oberoi

Vivek Oberoi with his adorable children – two-year-old Vivaan Veer Oberoi and five-month old daughter Ameyaa Nirvana Oberoi

It was adorable to see their little ones joining them, showing great composure while partaking in the prayer ceremonies.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was spotted with her daughter Aaradhya at the GSB Ganpati pandal. The three-year-old looked the absolute spitting image of her mom.

Vivek Oberoi as well was seen celebrating the occasion with his adorable children – two-year-old Vivaan Veer Oberoi and five-month old daughter Ameyaa Nirvana Oberoi at his residence.

Sanjay Dutt and Manyata Dutt’s four-year-old twins – Shahraan and Iqra offered pooja to Lord Ganesh

Sanjay Dutt and Manyata Dutt’s four-year-old twins – Shahraan and Iqra offered pooja to Lord Ganesh

Sanjay Dutt and Manyata Dutt’s four-year-old twins – Shahraan and Iqra offered pooja to Lord Ganesh in the presence of their parents before the immersion of the idol in a tank at their residence. The twins will turn five this October, and Shahraan already has grown taller than his sister Iqra.

Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra took their little boy Viaan for the immersion. Raj carried his son on his shoulders while Shilpa danced along with the crowd.

Meanwhile Rishi Kapoor and Neethu Singh were joined by their daughter Riddhima and granddaughter Samara while offering prayers at a temple.

Akshay Kumar son Aarav, who turned 13 recently, joined his mum Twinkle and grandmother Dimple for a procession before offering the prayers and immersing the idol in the sea.

Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra took their little boy Viaan for the immersion

Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra took their little boy Viaan for the immersion

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Happy Holi

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COLOUR: Powder is thrown into the air as colour overtakes the Holi celebrations

COLOUR: Powder is thrown into the air as colour overtakes the Holi celebrations

Colourful scenes welcome in Spring

Vibrant colours fill the sky, skin and clothes are turned every shade possible, and thousands flock to the streets to celebrate – it can all only mean one thing that Holi is upon us.

The holiday, also known as the festival of colour, was celebrated around the world last week with people heading to the streets to celebrate the picturesque occasion.

Despite being derived from Hindu tradition, it has become popular amongst many faiths across Asia and even extends across Europe with scenes of powder flying in the air seen on all continents.

Holi officially marks the coming of Spring arriving at the start of March and marked the night prior with the lighting of bonfires where small foods are thrown on by Hindu families.

The next day, people of all ages head to the streets to join in with the renowned event, smearing each other with paint and throwing coloured water and powder at each other.

The story of Holi and its beginnings come from Krishna and the legend of Holika and Prahlad.

It is believed by some that the Hindu deity, Krishna was a mischievous young boy and used to throw coloured powder during his youth.

Others state that it is to remember the story of a King and his son Prahlad. The king ordered everyone in the land to worship him however the prince opted to worship Lord Vishnu instead.

In an attempt to kill his son, he tricked him into sitting on the lap of his sister Holika – who was immune to fire – in a bonfire.

The prince emerged unharmed whilst Holika died as she used her powers for evil. In some areas of India, effigies of Holika (where Holi could be derived from) are burned with the ashes seen as good luck.

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