THE second Navwarsh celebration was held in a festival manner at Banyo Memorial Park on 23rd April 2016. The first one was held in a school hall, but this second year it was shifted outdoors to a park in a festival manner. The original idea was mooted by Sanjeev Sharma of DJJS, and they were the joint organisers of the first celebration.

Banyo memorial park has a purpose built stage, the Banyo band stand which become the ideal location for this celebration. Even though it was the second year for this celebration technically this was the first Navwarsh Mela, as last year it was inside a school hall.

Navwarsh Mela was made possible with the generous support of our sponsors who are follows; B S Mates International Visa & Education Services – Platinum Sponsors, Cornerstone Law Offices – Silver Sponsors and Expert Education and Visa Services as Bronze sponsors. The event was supported by Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sanasthan, GOPIO Queensland, Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Association, Fly Hi Production, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Qld, Hindu Cultural Hub, Clayfield. Varnam Cultural Society, Thaai Tamil School and Banyo District Community Group. A raffle was organised in support of White Ribbon.

The stage program ran from 10am till 4pm, the VIP reception was held in the adjacent Banyo library, a large number of dignitaries attended the VIP reception from 10:30am. Over twenty stalls and a jumping castle collectively created the true festival atmosphere.

Stage performances began with Bhajans by Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, other performers included Brisbane Babas Band who backed up Preet Siyaan, Prajna and the star of the Day Navnith Lal who flew in all the way from Melbourne. Swagata Das and Reena Augustine presented a specially choreographed fashion show incorporating Bengali New Year. Many Bollywood dancers including Dance Masala Group entertained the audiences throughout the day. The delightful MC for the day was Alka Jaggessar.

Multicultural Minister Grace Grace MP officially inaugurated the event, and offered her best wishes to everyone. Umesh Chandra in his welcome speech explained the significance of Navwarsh Mela, here is a little bit of what he said; ‘’Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Navwarsh Mela – Bharatiya New Year Celebration, well what is Bharatiya Navwarsh, it is the collective and all-inclusive celebration of the Hindu New Year. As we know that there is no single day that identifies with this celebration, rather it is a combination of celebrations that encompasses multiple days of celebration.

It has been our challenging task of trying to bring all of these celebrations under one umbrella.  Navwarsh is the Hindu New Year in Calendars followed in Utter Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, and Maharastra, in 2016 the actual date is on April 18th.

It is observed as Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, the day after Amavasaya in Chaitra Month. As per the traditional Vikram Samrat calendar, it is the Vikram Samrat 2073 year. Vikram Samrat is the traditional calendar system which follows luni-solar System.’’

The weather remained favourable for the entire day and the event ran and finished right on time.

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