Festival full of colour and energy

Bhangra dance group Miss Punjabeez.
Bhangra dance group Miss Punjabeez.

THE Lanarkshire-based women’s support group Humjolie enjoyed their annual triple celebration as they marked the major festivals of three different religions.

Over 200 women and children of all ages came together at the John McCormack Community Centre in Carfin to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid, the Hindu festival of Diwali and the Christian festival of Christmas.

It was the fifth annual multi-faith celebration organised by the group and featured a night of dancing, fashion, health education and fun.

The celebration, aimed at providing an environment where women can learn about each other’s culture and faith. was funded by Bellshill and District Community Forum, Motherwell Community Forum and Wishaw, Murdostoun and Fortissat Community Forum and supported by NHS Lanarkshire Health Improvement Team.

Anila Ansari, health improvement practitioner for NHS Lanarkshire, said: “The women were treated to a selection of music and dance performances including Bhangra, Bollywood and Scottish highland dances.

“They were also given the chance to take part in a multicultural fashion show, where guests got the opportunity to walk on the red carpet.

“They had a great time and thought such fantastic opportunity was rare as that night three generations of women came together - grandmothers, mothers and daughters- and walked down the catwalk.”

Humjolie chairperson Sadia Ahmed added: “We live in a multicultural Britain and our cultural differences should be embraced, shared and celebrated, not feared, lied about and ridiculed.”

Humjolie’s message was also conveyed in a 10-minute play written and performed by a group of teenagers which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the guests, including MSP Siobhan McMahon.