November 02, 2010
Celebrating Cape Town Diwali Festival
The smell of spices and the sound of sitars, bhangra and Bollywood transformed Ratanga Junction on Saturday, October 30, as the city celebrated the annual Cape Town Diwali Festival. This traditional Hindu celebration, popularly known as the festival of lights, drew people from across the Mother City.
Colourful stalls lined the aisles, stocking everything from the latest fashions, Bollywood movies and music to exotic spices. Aromas wafted through the air, tickling the taste buds with the promise of succulent curries and other delectable dishes available at the numerous food stalls. Free rides kept the kiddies happy while adults indulged in massages, reflexology or something more esoteric, like a visit with a psychic or astrologer. Intricate henna tattoos adorned many a festivalgoer, enhancing the visual fare of brightly coloured saris and traditional outfits.
Flautists and sitarists, belly and fire dancers entertained the crowds, and the young, and young at heart, danced the night away at a bhangra bash under a spectacular fireworks display.
Saturday was truly a day for the multicultural Mother City.