More than 100 people turned out for South Ayrshire's first Teej festival
A new festival celebrating the influence of South Ayrshire's growing Nepalese community has been hailed a success. The event, at Ayr Town Hall, was attended by more than 100 people from the Ayrshire Nepalese community, alongside invited guests from the local community.
The Nepalese Community Group is a group of volunteers interested in raising awareness of Nepalese culture. The group was awarded £1,500 as part of a recent Ayr North Decides participatory budgeting event, which gives communities the chance to vote on projects they want to see supported.
The money helped to launch a new festival called Teej at Ayr Town Hall which promoted education, social cohesion, and community integration. The event, based around the traditional
South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie, who opened the event, said, "In South Ayrshire we're very proud of all the different cultures and faiths that make up our communities. It's through gatherings like Teej that we come to understand and learn about our shared values.
"I have no doubt the growing number of Nepalese people living in South Ayrshire is something we should embrace, and the festival was an opportunity to explore ancient customs while extending the warm hand of friendship.
"With the celebration centred on peace and harmony, happiness and wellbeing, I was pleased to support the event, which reminds us to connect with the things which matter most in life… friendships and family."
Parveen Khan, event spokeswoman, said, "I'm pleased to say that our first event was a big success, with different cultures meeting to celebrate the traditions of Nepal, while sharing the experience with people in the local community.
"This was truly an East meets West fusion of song, dance and celebration…one that rocked South Ayrshire well into the night. I'm already looking forward to next year's event, which I hope will build on our early success."