March 7th, 2012 is Holi! It is first a Hindu spring festival celebration but it is also known as the festival of colours. The main day is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival (more info on Wikipedia).
Now compare how a movie showed Holi in 1981 (“Silsila“):
With a movie showing a Holi celebration in 2010 (“Action_Replayy“):
In Belgium, at least two celebrations are planned:
- one in Leuven, organised by ISAL, on March 10th, 2012;
- the other one in Brussels, organised by InBAG, on March 24th, 2012.
Although its presence in Belgium is more discreet than China or other European countries (for obvious reasons in the latter case), India has always something to show in Belgium. I decided to put some (most of?) events related to India in Belgium in a calendar so everyone can be aware of them. Here you are:
If you organize or know that something related to India in Belgium will happen, just let me know and I’ll add it to this calendar.
P.S. Although I post the information today (July16th, 2011), the calendar will continue to be updated even after tomorrow 😉
Photo credit: Nachda Sansaar Bhangra group at Bozar from myself 🙂 on Flickr
Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, is under way in India. But if you live in Belgium, there will be at least three occasions to celebrate!
In Antwerpen, first, on October 29th, morning.
Then in Leuven, on November 1st evening, organised by the association of Indian students in Leuven.
Finally in Ghent, on November 3rd evening, organised by the Indo-Belgian Association of Ghent.
Edit on November 1st: Bharatiya Samaj is also organising Diwali in Bruxelles on November 8th.
By the way, Rose, a non-profit organisation supporting and fostering basic education for children in developing countries will organise its traditional Fund raising Indian Dinner on November 29th, 2008, in Leuven.
Photo credit: “happy diwali!” by Kalyan Kumar on Flickr (CC-by-sa)
On Saturday, we participated in the ISAL Christmas party. I did a 15 minutes presentation on Belgium for our Indian friends, Shreyas did a mime game (with some very funny participations) and Alam came dressed up like Santa Claus 🙂
Some photos are available on the ISAL photo album.
ISAL is inviting you to the annual Christmas party, full of spices and fun.
It will be held on Saturday, December 16th 2006 (19.00 hour = 07.00 PM), at Holy Spirit College, Naamsestraat 40, B-3000, Leuven. You can find the menu (veg and non-veg) and other details on the Christmas party webpage.