The four-day-long ‘India Day’ was celebrated in Moscow from August 10 to August 13 with a lot of enthusiasm which gave a glimpse into the rich heritage of the country at the city’s Dream Island park.
At the event, visitors took part in Veda Weekend and enjoyed Bollywood movies. From yoga and Ayurveda workshops to cooking classes and astrological consultations, there was something for everyone at this four-day celebration.
On the maiden day of this year’s festival a sculpture of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi crafted from proso millet was unveiled.
This year is being celebrated as the International Year of Millets whose mark was also visible during this festival.
“This year the festival is dedicated to the International Year of Millets,” said Sammy Manoj Kotwani, the founder of the festival “Day of India” and President of the Indian Cultural and National Center “SITA”.
Every year this festival is celebrated from August 10-August 13 in the run-up to India’s Independence Day celebrations.
From Indian music to its ‘Mehndi’ tradition Indian tradition enthralled the visitors. Many visitors attired in traditional Indian clothes became part of the celebrations. At the replica of the Taj Mahal, enthusiastic visitors took photographs. India’s sculpture and wood art were also very big attractions for visitors.
Children especially took a very keen interest in the celebrations as they became aware of Indian culture and tradition.
“Many regions of Russia wanted to host India Day… That’s why we are going to organize India Day in many regions,” added Kotwani.
This is the eighth time the festival has been held in Russia.
India and Russia share a historically very vibrant and deep cultural relationship which is marked by bilateral exchange programs and people-to-people contact. There are Indian Russian Working Groups and Cultural Exchange Programmes which are boosting the bilateral relations between the two countries.