The second National Haryana Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Association of Haryanvis in Australia.
The event took place in Rosehill Racecourse in Western Sydney on 10 November.
Haryana Day marks the occasion of the formation of the Indian State of Haryana through a trifurcation of the India State of Punjab on 1 November 1966. The year 2019 was commemorated as the 53rd birth anniversary of the state of Haryana.
The event hosted more than 1000 people from all over Australia. Two buses brought in people from Melbourne as well. Some of the prominent names at the event include Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Geoff Lee, Opposition Leader of NSW Jodie Mackay, MP for Granville Julia Finn, Parramatta Councillor Sameer Pandey, and Dr Nihal Singh Agar from HCA.
Members of other Indian associations too joined in including the United Gujarat Association, Himachal Association, Rajasthan Association and Telangana Association. The guests who travelled to Sydney for the event were accommodated with Haryanvi families living in Sydney rather than in hotels, in keeping with Indian custom. The four-hour program kept the audience spell-bound—starting from Ganesh Vandana and diya ceremony to songs and poem recitals, a Haryanvi folk dance, dance on Bollywood numbers, to awards for prominent Haryanvis. (Article continues after photo gallery)
The Association was formed in 2018 with a vision to not only preserve and promote the Haryanvi culture of brotherhood and industriousness but also to enable the community to integrate better in Australian society. Over the last year, the association has worked to bring the Haryanvi community in Australia together and strengthened its bonds through monthly social gatherings, a Victoria chapter, hosting key festivals, and organising sports tournaments.
Next year’s national Haryana Day celebrations will be held in Melbourne on 1 November. The Also, a senior’s recreation center will be launched in Western Sydney this year.