What we do
Celebration of Festivals
The Indian Community Centre Belfast organises celebration of many festivals each year and everyone is welcomed to visit, participate and enjoy. We have been celebrating, Holi (the festival of colours), Diwali (the festival of lights), Vijaydashmi (Dussehra), Janamashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ugadi, Dandiya on Navratri, Christmas, amongst many other religious festivals. Balaji puja is done every Saturday. Besides that, we also celebrate India's Independence Day and the Republic Day with full fervour.
Under the auspices of the High Commission of India, London, We have been organising the International Virat Hindi Kavi Sammelan for the last few years. From time to time we would have many other cultural and entertainment events.
The culture of India refers to the way of life of the people of India. India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. The Indian culture, often labelled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is 5000 years. Many elements of India's diverse cultures, such as Indian religions, classical music, arts, Yoga, and Indian cuisine, have had a profound impact across the world.
UNESCO proclaimed the tradition of Vedic chanting a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 7, 2008. Wayne Howard noted in the preface of his book, Veda Recitation in Varanasi, "The four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva) are not 'books' in the usual sense, though within the past hundred years each Veda has appeared in several printed editions. They comprise rather tonally accented verses and hypnotic, abstruse melodies whose proper realizations demand oral instead of visual transmission.
Spirituality In India
Indian spirituality is all about showing respect to all living beings-animals trees, rocks and even water and lead a positive and healthy life. It is believed that the Supreme Creator has put each one of us in this world for a purpose and that purpose is to be compassionate, caring and loving to one-another. As mentioned earlier, the great Indian spiritual personalities and gurus have played an important role in spreading the message of love, care and the need for positive living all over the world.
As the global community becomes increasingly capitalistic, the quest for spirituality grows in urgency. India, its people, its infrastructure, and indeed its very soil, encourage and breed spiritualism, allowing religions to thrive, flourish and prosper. India boasts the presence of every major religion in the world, as well many of their off-shoots and facets, all being supported, nourished, and living in comparative harmony. Many of these religions were conceived in India, and others have come to India seeking a safe haven from persecution after being created in their own lands. The age-old environment has always supported such freedom of belief. We will thus find Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism amongst the major religions being practiced in India.
Bhagwad Gita Talks
Bhagavad Gita, it is the divine discourse spoken by the Supreme Lord Krishna Himself and is the most popular and well known of all the sacred scriptures from ancient India.
Always being revered as a true source of spiritual knowledge, it reveals the purpose and goal of human existence.
Indian Music, Dance & Performances
India has had a long romance with the art of dance. Indian dance includes eight classical dance forms, many in narrative forms with mythological elements. The eight classical forms accorded classical dance status by India's National Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama are: Bharatanatyam of the state of Tamil Nadu, Kathak of Uttar Pradesh, Kathakali and Mohiniattam of Kerala, Kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh, Yakshagana of Karnataka, Manipuri of Manipur, Odissi (Orissi) of the state of Odisha and the Sattriya of Assam.
Henna Application / Demonstration
Henna is basically a dye that gives a cooling effect when applied on the skin and gives red colour to it. It is mostly used on hair as a natural dye but is commonly used to decorate hands. When it dries completely, the skin or hair is washed with water to reveal the dyed colour. Asian brides' make up is not complete until they have applied Henna on their hands and feet.