Thousands Heading to City's Hindu Celebration

October 7, 2006


Source: Edinburgh Evening News

MONKEYS and demons are set to invade the city centre tomorrow as part of the biggest ever celebration of the Hindu festival of Dusshera in Edinburgh.

Horse-drawn chariots, giant puppets and live music will add to the spectacular parade through the city centre, which has been compared to a Bollywood movie premiere.

Afterwards, more than 2500 people are expected to congregate on Calton Hill for the culmination of the festival, which will feature a fireworks display and the burning of three giant effigies.

Traditional Indian food, music and dancing will follow a mock battle between student actors dressed to represent good and evil.

The Lothian and Borders Police Band, the Royal Linlithgow Band, and the Stewart Melville College Band, will provide the music as the chariots and floats make their way from Festival Square to Calton Hill.

Mohindra Dhall, president of the Scottish Indian Arts Forum, which is organising the eighth annual parade in the Capital, said the festival was the most important public celebration of the Hindu religion.