The first Multicultural Boishakhi Festival was held on Saturday 13 April 2019 at the Campbelltown Sports Stadium, South Western Sydney showcasing the colourful heritage of the South Asian community settled in the area.
Boishakhi (Baisakhi) is a festival (Mela) held towards the end of the Indian calendar year at the time of harvesting of wheat that brings economic benefits to the farmers in the agricultural belt in South Asia.
The event was organised by the Multicultural Association of Campbelltown incorporating people of diverse faiths and cultural background from South Asia settled in the greater Campbelltown area.
The Mela (Festival) kicked off at 2 pm with the flag raising ceremony by the mayor of Campbelltown, George Brticevic joined by Maqsood Chowdry and others councillors.
There were almost 70 stalls selling food, clothes, toys and other items of interest to adults as well as kids.
The stage performances represented all countries of South Asia and various linguistic and cultural groups from the region with songs, dances, dress parades and speeches.
The Pakistani organisation ‘Pehchan 786’ represented the mother’s perspective of mother’s day.
The program ended with spectacular fireworks at 10 pm.
People enjoyed the food, fun festivities, meeting with family and friends in a festive environment and a great venue that the sports stadium provided.
The Mela was sponsored by many leading businesses, the Campbelltown Council and Multicultural NSW. Mr Masood Chowdhry along with Mr Enam ul Haq played a leading role in organising the event most successfully.
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