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Distinctive African flavour permeates our Nairobi Diwali celebration NAIROBI DIWALI PHOTOS: LILADHAR BHARADIA | Coastweek

CLOCKWISE [FROM TOP LEFT]: Skyline – Nairobi skyline glows from the tenth floor of Diamond Plaza. Dressed in festive Diwali outfits, the African staff at a Nairobi supermarket serves customers. The men wear pink turbans and the woman dressed in red sari add a typical Diwali flavour. Diwali Dress – Special Diwali look for African staff: a red sari for the lady and a turban and Indian shirt for the young man who greeted all shoppers at a Nairobi supermarket. Crackers – Crackers light up the sky with loud noise and streaks of lights with the Diwali festivities in full swing. Turbans – Photographer Liladhar Bharadia with Samir and Rohan Chandarana in festive turbans in pink. D Party – After the blessings, the party begins as greetings are exchanged. Laxmi Puja – With red marks on their foreheads and offerings to Goddess Laxmi, Indian traders start praying for the goddess to bless them. NAIROBI DIWALI PHOTOS: LILADHAR BHARADIA

 

Distinctive African flavour permeates our Nairobi Diwali celebration

NEW DELHI India -- To welcome everyone for Diwali, the African staff at a Nairobi supermarket wore typical Indian attire: a red sari for the young lade holding a rose and a turban with a kurta (shirt) and jacket for the young man offering sweets, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

This new Diwali look was created this year for shoppers at Chandarana Foodplus, Diamond Plaza Branch in Nairobi.

No wonder the shoppers were pleasantly surprised at this special welcome with some sweets and a rose.

That set the tone for the Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrations at Diamond Plaza, a popular Indian shopping complex in the heart of Indian suburb of Parklands.
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With almost all shops owned by Kenya Indians, the complex held a special puja – worship – for the goddess of wealth, Laxmi, on the tenth floor overlooking the Nairobi skyline.

After the official puja, greetings were exchanges and sweets shared.

Of course, the crackers lit the sky as the party gathered momentum. A great deal of goodwill and good cheer flooded the entire event.

 
 

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