The Indian community of Brazil celebrated Diwali in a grand gala on November 5 (Saturday) at Esporte Clube Sirio in Sao Paulo, the financial capital of the biggest South American country.
The biggest gathering of Indians in Brazil, Diwali 2016 – Festival of Lights – was organized by the Indian Association of Sao Paulo (IASP). More than 550 people attended the event, which is the flagship programme of the Indian Association of Sao Paulo (IASP), the only organisation of Indian nationals and People of Indian Origin (PIO) in Brazil.
The evening started with cocktails followed by the traditional prayer and lighting of the lamp by the Indian ambassador to Brazil, Mr Sunil Kumar Lal, the Indian consul-general in Sao Paulo, Mrs Abhilasha Joshi. In his welcome speech, IASP president Shobhan Saxena said the event was not just a “celebration of our culture” but also showed the growing influence of the Indian community in Brazil.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Lal, the Indian ambassador, said in “the Indian culture the guests are akin to god” and the event was a symbol of growing ties between the two countries. Thanking the IASP for organising the event, Mrs Joshi urged the community to participate in the upcoming Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) in Bangalore in January 2017. The cultural programme that followed comprised music, dances and a play by the children of Indian community.
The evening ended with a live DJ and dancing that was preceded by a lavish spread of dinner. The event was attended by more than 550 people comprising the members of Indian community, CEOs of top Brazilian companies, officials of the Indian consulate and many other guests.
The event started at 6pm and finished at 2am in the morning, after an evening of feasting, music and dance. The event was supported by the Indian Consulate and TCS, Wipro, Olam, Torrent and Sun Pharma.