On September 16th the Halton Gujarati Samaj (HGS) presented their annual “Navratri extravaganza” in Milton at Bishop Reding High School with a great event called “Garba Ni Raat” event which translates literally into “dance night”.  This Hindu festival helps honour Durga the goddess of strength.

Garba Ni Raat has been occurring in Milton for several years and is now an annual sold out event.  It has grown from a “humble” start of roughly 250 people to this year well over 1500 attendees.

The event also serves to help raise funds for both Milton District Hospital Foundation as well as the Vaishno Devi temple.   It serves to promote diversity and cultural awareness throughout the area and is an opportunity for all people to embrace and experience Indian culture through music and dance.

Dancing was in full swing in the gymnasium as over a thousand people congregated to dance and socialize together.  “Everybody comes out for the dance and we get to meet everybody,” organizer Nilesh Patel said.  “With this event we help promote unity between all cultures.” He added.

Local dignitaries were well in attendance with Milton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, local and regional councillor Colin Best as well as local councillor Rick Di Lorenzo taking part in the celebrations.

“I like to thank all HGS members for great teamwork in making Navratri festival ‘Garba Ni Raat’ successful.  Together we can achieve so much, alone so little” exclaimed HGS President Nik Thakkar at the end of the event.

To learn more about Halton Gujarati Samaj please visit their website at www.haltongujaratisamaj.com or their facebook page at facebook.com/halton.samaj

Photos by: Denise Cooperwhite

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