Women from all over Lanarkshire gathered at the John McCormack Centre in Carfin recently for a special multi-cultural celebration.
The occasion was the annual event organised by local women’s multi-faith group Humjolie to mark three different celebrations - the Muslim festival of Eid, the Hindu festival of Diwali and the Christian festival of Christmas.
The celebration also provides an environment where women can learn about each other’s culture and faith.
Those in attendance were treated to a selection of music and dance performances, including Bollywood dance performace by Bollyfeat, Scottish Highland dances by the Karen Baird School of Dancing and an African dance performance by the Lanarkshire African Women’s group.
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 and there were were prizes for the best outfit.
Health information on a wide range of topics was also available at a special stall and the women also got the opportunity to see a short film ‘The Weddings’.
The film, shot at Summerlee Heritage Museum in Coatbridge, is about two sets of families, who are next door neighbours and where each daughter is due to get married and how different cultures celebrate through dance.
The celebration was funded by Bellshill and District Community Forum, Motherwell Community Forum, Wishaw, Murdostoun and Fortissat Community Forum and Airdrie Community Forum and supported by NHS Lanarkshire’s health improvement team.
Christine Reid, NHS Lanarkshire health improvement senior, said: “I am delighted that NHSL continues to support this annual celebration.
“Now in its sixth year it keeps getting better and better and the young ones tell me how much they look forward to it every year.”
Team Humjolie said they wanted to thank the community fora for their continual support for an event which not only celebrated diversity but also helped develop a better understanding of different cultures and promote community cohesion.