Enjoying the Easter Extravanganza celebrations in the Ardee Parish Centre were members of the Ardee Indian Commmunity.

Indian community in Ardee enjoy colourful Easter celebration

Ardee's Indian community came together to host an Easter Extravaganza on 31st March in a celebration that epitomised the harmonious blend of cultures and spirit of togetherness, while showcasing the rich tapestry of Indian culture.

Chairman of the Ardee Indian Community Sachin Krishnan told how Ardee Parish Centre was “transformed into a kaleidoscope of colours and festivities, echoing with laughter and joy as community members and guests came together to celebrate Easter in a manner uniquely Indian yet universally resonant”.

He said the success of the event was a testament to the collaborative efforts of numerous individuals within the Ardee Indian Community. “From the meticulous planning of the organising committee to the dedication of volunteers who ensured every detail was executed flawlessly, the Easter Extravaganza exemplified the power of community cohesion and collective action.

“Attendees were treated to a plethora of delights for the senses, from captivating cultural performances that showcased the rich heritage of India to mouthwatering culinary creations that tantalized taste buds and transported guests to the streets of Mumbai or the beaches of Goa.

“Children frolicked amidst games and activities designed to engage and entertain, while adults mingled and forged new connections, united by a shared appreciation for cultural diversity and the bonds of friendship forged in the spirit of Easter.”

As the festivities drew to a close, expressions of gratitude were extended to all those who had contributed to making the Easter Extravaganza a resounding success and one that will be fondly remembered for years to come.

“As the Ardee Indian Community reflects on the joy and camaraderie experienced during the Easter Extravaganza, it does so with a sense of optimism for the future. The bonds forged and memories created serve as a foundation upon which to build a stronger, more inclusive community that celebrates diversity and embraces unity,” said Sachin.

“The Ardee Indian Community's Easter Extravaganza was more than just a celebration; it was a testament to the power of unity, the beauty of diversity, and the joy that comes from coming together to celebrate shared traditions and values. As the echoes of laughter and the vibrancy of colors fade, they leave behind a legacy of unity and joy that will continue to resonate within the hearts of all those who participated.”

Around 150 people attended the Easter festivities, which is one of three events celebrated by the Ardee Indian Community along with Christmas and Onam, a unique Indian festival. The community includes Ardee and the surrounding area and also takes in Carrickmacross, Dundalk, Drogheda, Dunleer and Tallonstown. Most members of Ardee Indian community work in the healthcare sector, and many of these are nurses.