With an opening ceremony by the Hindu Temple of Scotland entailing traditional Indian dancing and prayer, Glasgow general public will experience a true flavour of Indian culture. The Mel-Milaap Community Centre (Sikhs in Scotland) will also be present at the event, promoting a safe environment for the promotion and furtherance of multiculturalism, to which it does through fostering and encouraging tolerance and understanding of all cultures and religions.
Entertainment includes appearances from Punjabi No1, the Suraya dance group and Abinaya Dance group performing traditional Southern Indian dances, and interactive Bollywood Zumba class. Both the Mel Milaap and Councillor Sadie Docherty will give speeches on Diwali.
Amit Arora, Business Development Director for organisers Oceanic Consulting recently voiced his enthusiasm for Diwali at the Square 2010;
“With all the activities in store for this year’s event, Diwali at the Square is sure to be an instant hit with the general public. Building on the success of last year’s event, George Square will see a huge variety of exhibition stands, activity stands and food stands including one from award winning Indian restaurant, Banana Leaf, which will be providing a very tastefully selected range of food combining to produce a unique fusion of different flavours from the southern states of India.”
Diwali at the Square will also be a good opportunity to find out more about one of its main sponsors, the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) which provides information, donations and advice for blind and partially sighted people.
The event has also received support from Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice who will be present at the event to raise awareness for their cause and to raise money to help keep the hospice open.