After church today we went to the India Festival held in Pioneer Courthouse Square. From the time we arrived at 1:30 until we left at 4:30, there was music and dancing going on. It was fun to watch the colorfully dressed dancers and enjoy the beat of the music.
There were several different booths selling Indian food and we ate our afternoon meal there after we had watched several of the dance groups. We were waiting for Kalindi and Kira’s friend, Anjali’s group, to have their turn. The three girls lived together for over three years at the same orphanage. Anjali lives in Eugene, but we haven’t seen her in person until today.
I especially enjoyed a group of four male dancers who were from Portland State University. They were very professional and good. It was so crowded that the only spot we could get was behind the stage.
You can see in the background just how many people were there for the Festival. It was neat to see that there is a large Indian community. We want the girls to feel like they are still connected to their home country and that they realize we support them in that.
We were all so inspired by the Indian music that on the way back to the car Kira said, “Let’s go home and watch the Indian movie!” The only Indian movie we have is “Bride and Prejudice” a Bollywood type production (in English) based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is a fun, colorful movie and we all agreed that would be the perfect way to cap the day.
Have a great week! Lori