First Asian Festival in Khartoum

First Asian Festival in Khartoum

Asia, the world’s largest and most populous continent had for the first time a cultural festival in Khartoum,Sudan It was co-hosted by the Embassies of the Asian countries in Khartoum namely China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan. The food and handicraft bazaar along with the cultural show was held on Friday, 28th March’14 from 5pm till 10pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Holiday Villa Hotel. More than 1800 visitors turned up from both Sudanese and Asian families. The food stalls had to replenish stocks of their delicious Asian cuisine and the handicraft bazaar was always crowded. The dances and musical performances of each of the above countries kept the audience entertained. A Sudanese member from the audience remarked that she liked the glamorous dresses worn by the dancers of China and Japan; tapped her toes with the fast ‘Bolywood’ song to which a small Indian girl danced and found the musical instruments Guzheng of China and Angklung of Indonesia very intriguing. She also got her Arabic name written in the Japanese script and last but not least she won a prize in the hourly Lucky Draw. I had posted photographs of the performances of various nations in my Facebook. I have selected this picture of the Chinese dance only because it received the maximum ‘likes’. Jai Hind !

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