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A mosaic of music, movies and dance

Sejal, Rhea, Yamini and Himani pose in traditional Indian clothing at the Hindu Temple in Central Saanich. They will be performing Saturday and Sunday at the Temple’s annual culture and arts festival.  - Steven Heywood/News staff
Sejal, Rhea, Yamini and Himani pose in traditional Indian clothing at the Hindu Temple in Central Saanich. They will be performing Saturday and Sunday at the Temple’s annual culture and arts festival.
— image credit: Steven Heywood/News staff

Victoria’s Hindu Temple in Central Saanich throws open its doors this weekend for the fifth Culture and Arts Festival of India and everyone is invited.

Cultural co-ordinator and Temple secretary Sri Ganti says they hope to welcome hundreds of people from across Greater Victoria to share in Indian music, movies, dance, history, food and much more.

“It’s very festive,” Ganti said. “Many people have been to India and they find it wonderful to come here and be a part of the celebration.”

For 15 to 20 minutes on the hour during the festival, Ganti said dancers will perform classic, folk and Bollywood style on stage. Outside the Temple, there will be tents featuring cooking demonstrations, Henna tattooing, clothing and more. There is a lunch menu as well.

Ganti said the Temple is home to 150 families throughout Greater Victoria — adding they are passionate about their heritage.

“It’s a small community, but it’s growing.”

The Culture and Arts Festival of India is June 28 and 29 at the Victoria Hindu Temple on Cultra Avenue in Central Saanich. The celebration starts at 11 a.m. both days and lasts until 6 p.m.

 

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