Indian community in Belgium gathers to promote harmony

November 23rd, 2008 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Nov 23 (IANS) The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in Belgium organised a dinner celebration here to promote cultural and religious harmony within the Indian community, and with other communities in Belgium.Addressing the event Saturday night, India’s new ambassador to Belgium, Jaimini Bhagwati, said it was a great and magnificent idea to get the three large faiths of India - Hinduism, Islam and Christianity - to celebrate together, reports EuAsiaNews.

He congratulated the organisers of the Diwali-Eid-Christmas Dinner Celebration.

Bhagwati also referred to the recent visit of King Albert II of Belgium to India and the growing relationship between Brussels and New Delhi.

GOPIO president Sunil Prasad said that Diwali and Eid were celebrated over a month ago and although Christmas is still more than a month away, we “are in the full spirit of X’mas celebration”.

Diwali is regarded as one of the most important festival of the Hindu calendar, Eid for the Muslim calender and Christmas for the Christian calender.

Prasad said that it was the largest gathering of our community members under one roof that has been conducted in Belgium this year.

“This amazing event was a record-breaking success and was enjoyed by all,” he said.

The event was accompanied by live Indian music, magic show and tambola followed by Indian food.

An estimated 7,000 people of Indian origin live in Belgium.

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