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The festival of Diwali (also known as Deepavali) is observed to celebrate the return of Lord Rama, his brother Laxman, and  his wife Sita to Ayodhya after spending  14 years  in exile in the  forest  and defeating  Ravana. To this day, the day of their  return is celebrated with the same enthusiasm and auspiciousness as  Diwali.  It  is one  of the most popular festivals  of the  Indian  Sub-Continent celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The gala Diwali 2022  celebrations were  organized  in the  building  G, Koh Pich last  night  – 29th October 2022 with fun, frolic and festivities. The event was opened by the chief guest – Her Excellency Dr. Devyani Khobragade, Hon. Indian Ambassador to Cambodia along with the participation of the key people from the kingdom including HE Mr. Duong Dara, Special Assistant to Prime Minister and HE Mr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister  and First Vice-President of Cambodian  Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA). The event was graced by key dignitaries from diplomatic missions  of Indonesia -H.E. Mr. Abdul Hakim, Counsellor, Laos- H.E. Mr. Soukinda, Myanmar -H.E. Mrs. Aye Thandar, Minister Counsellor/ Deputy Chief of Mission and United Kingdom- H.E. Dominic Williams. The  principal  sponsors were  present at  the  opening  ceremony  with  the  key  dignitaries,  these included Mr. Anurag Mehrotra from Fixderma,  Mr. Khit Chhern from CSC, Mr. Kiran Reddy from Star

5, Mr. Venugopal Myana from VV Deals and Mr. Pundari baba from Telpha.

The  event  was  attended by  more  than  450  participants including  Indians  in  Cambodia,  expat community  members, Cambodians  and  was supported by key business groups  in Cambodia. The event  started with  the  traditional lighting  of the  lamp  as  per  Indian  traditions,  followed  by a fascinating Bharatnatyam dance performance by Guru Kapil Sharma with kids lighting lamps at each of the tables within the hall taking the Diwali celebrations across to each corner of the hall.

·        The main attraction of the event was the all-girls band form India led by popular singer Ms. Jyotsna. The band played Indian melodies and peppy dance umbers for the participants enthralling them with awe and music. This was backed continually with the choicest of the Indian culinary delights.

·        The IAC leads the action with the Embassy of India in Phnom Penh, and in close coordination with the other Indian  coalitions  including  Pharmaceuticals,  Chamber  of Commerce  and  connects  the Indian Diaspora in Cambodia by means of WhatsApp, telegram  channel and Facebook page. Further, IAC has  a vibrant  website  which  attracts considerable traffic  from  the  Indian  and  other  Expat community  members in Cambodia and beyond.

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