Colourful celebrations of Indian homeland at Haverhill church

Keralan dancers in traditional costumes
Keralan dancers in traditional costumes

St Felix Catholic Church members who are originally from Kerala, India, organised an evening of music and dance from their homeland recently, serving up a feast of their delicious food and entertainment at St Felix Primary School.

Mrs Margaret Stewart, the school’s acting head, and Father Michael, the parish priest, lit the ‘Nilavilakku’, the traditional lamp, at the beginning of the celebrations on July 6.

The dance was performed by men, women and children, all dressed in traditional costumes for dances that included the traditional Bharathanatyam, as well as folk dances and Bollywood dance routines.

Many of the families prepared and served their food to an appreciative audience.

The evening was an event organised by the Keralan community, led by Jose Valiathazhath, and is part of the calendar of fund raising activities to repay the £150,000 loan incurred from building the new St Felix church at Princess Way.

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