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BJAI Holi Milan Samaroh, Mar 2024

Bihar Jharkhand Association of Ireland (BJAI) recently hosted its vibrant and successful 3rd annual multicultural celebration of Holi, the festival of colors, at the Caragh Community Centre in Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The event, held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, brought together members of the community from various backgrounds to celebrate this joyous occasion.

Organized by Team BJAI, the Holi celebration showcased the rich cultural diversity and spirit of unity within the Indian and Irish communities. The event featured a multitude of activities and performances that delighted attendees of all ages.

The festivities commenced with the lighting of Diyas and the singing of the national anthems of India and Ireland, symbolizing the cultural exchange between the two nations. Distinguished guests, including Senator Mr. Vincent Martin, Lord Mayor Bill Clear, Deputy Mayor Seamie Moore, Local Councilors Bob Quinn and Peggy O’Dwyer and Ciara Dunne- Local Election Candidate, Naas, County Kildare, graced the occasion with their presence and delivered inspiring speeches emphasizing the importance of fostering community integration and strengthening bilateral relations between India and Ireland.

Kids stole the center stage by showcasing their creativity and artistic skills through drawings and arts, which added to the vibrancy of the celebration. A special mention goes to our talented children who mesmerized us with their captivating performances, and to our enthusiastic attendees who wholeheartedly participated in the festivities, making it a truly joyous occasion.

Meanwhile, adults delighted the audience with Indian and Irish songs, as well as traditional Holi folk songs, evoking fervent emotions from participants of all age groups. The highlight of the day was the Fagua, a traditional Bihari folk singing style associated with Holi and spring, which further elevated the festive atmosphere.

Guests were treated to a delectable array of traditional foods, including mouth-watering delicacies such as dahi vadas, gujia, samosa, aaloo tikki, and biryani and thandai traditional holi drink, enhancing the cultural experience.

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in raffles, adding excitement to the festivities. Throughout the event, a live DJ kept the energy high with a mix of Bollywood and regional songs, creating an atmosphere of celebration and camaraderie.

The climax of the evening was the traditional Holi playing, where participants joyfully smeared each other with vibrant colors, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of spring.

The office bearer of BJAI extends its heartfelt gratitude to all attendees and sponsors for their support in making the event a resounding success. Furthermore, BJAI reaffirms its commitment to organizing more inclusive and community-centric events in the future.

BJAI's culture team extends its sincere thanks to all who contributed to the success of the multicultural Holi celebration and looks forward to continued support and participation in future endeavors.

The event was advertised on our social media pages, local radio station for promotion of our event, helping us to reach a wider audience and spread the message to attract more attendees.

For media inquiries, further information, or to offer support and sponsorship for future events, please contact:

Dr. Deepak Kumar – President, BJAI

Mr. Rakesh Kumar Shekhar – Secretary, BJAI

Mr. Abhishek Thakur – Treasure, BJAI

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