Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Gujarat day brings colour to ghetto

Gujarat day brings colour to ghetto
LIGHT MOMENT: Proceedings started with the lighting of a special candle

As people across the land prepared for the Independence Holidays this week, Francistown’s Indian community were in a similar celebratory mood, gathering at Adansonia Hotel on Saturday to commemorate Gujarat Day.

Colour, culture and fabulous food were the order of the night as the hotel’s Goliath-like Convention Centre – the biggest in the land, with a seating capacity for 10,000! – was lit up with song, dance, laughter and fashion.

Gujarat day brings colour to ghetto

COLOUR AND STYLE: The Women’s NCC Dance Group

Gujarat Day is normally celebrated on May 1st, to mark the day the state of Gujarat officially came into existence in India in 1960, when Bombay State was divided into Gujarat and Maharashtra.

However, Indian High Commissioner, Rajesh Ranjan, explained this year’s festivities were held back as the threat of Covid-19 still loomed large.

Ranjan added the timing was actually perfect as it precedes Navratri, an annual Hindu festival honouring the Goddess Durga that runs from 26th September to 5th October.

Looking splendid in their sarees, ladies and children took turns on the stage, keeping the audience entertained with their rhythmic dancing.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

There was also a business side to proceedings, with Francistown Mayor, Godisang Radisigo, praising the economic impact Indians living in Botswana have had on the country.

Gujarat day brings colour to ghetto

IMPRESSED: Radisigo

“The Indian community and diaspora in Botswana has contributed significantly to the development and economic progress of Botswana over the years. They have made their contribution in all walks of life, be it education business, social welfare etc. In addition, the work ethic, skills and business acumen of Indian diaspora have been outstanding examples for Batswana to follow,” said Radisigo.

Similarly, Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) Director Business Service Francistown Office, Gaorekwe Gaorekwe, noted the Gujarati people were famous for their entrepreneurial spirit and business know-how.

Challenging them to do even more, Gaorekwe closed, “We have a challenge of unemployment. I implore the Indian community to play a significant role in helping the government of Botswana to create jobs for the people of Botswana.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *




You May Also Like

News

A 37-year-old man at Kang village in Kgalagadi District was caught red-handed raping an imbecile on Tuesday night. According to the police the 20-year-old...

News

*18-month baby found alive in pit latrine after three days missing

News

Law Society of Botswana (LSB) has thrown its weight behind High Court judge, Gaolapelwe Ketlogetswe’s legal bid for President Mokgweetsi Masisi to have Chief...

Entertainment

*My Star winner demands his cash prize

Featured

Men and Boys for Gender Equality (MBGE) has recognised the excellence and efforts of those who direct their focus towards ending Gender Based Violence...

Entertainment

International Men’s Day celebrated in Ghetto The boys came out to play in Francistown on Friday as the city celebrated International Men’s Day a...

Politics

Botswana Democratic Party’s just ended National Youth Policy Forum (NYPF) in Serowe has been hailed a success by the party leadership. This is despite...

News

For a man well steeped in public relations, Thapelo Letsholo is surprisingly coy about discussing himself. When we pitch for an interview he insists...

News

A Maun high court judge, Bugalo Maripe has slammed the chief justice, Terrence Rannowane and interdicted him from transferring a case involving himself and...

Life

Farida’s Love for Mother and Child Trust will this Saturday 3 December 2022, embark on a GBV awareness walk to address the devastating effects...

Advertisement