HUNDREDS of local ladies dressed up in their finery and flocked to the Yoogali Club for the weekend’s Tiaan Festival.
Organisers were thrilled with the 400-strong turnout to celebrate a traditional northern-Indian festival held during August each year.
A mix of cultures from across the city came together to celebrate the event, which is now in its fifth year in Griffith.
The celebration kicked off on Saturday with a traditional Indian lunch, followed by singing and dancing from a range of performers aged eight to 30.
“We were so happy, the crowd was good and people from all cultural backgrounds enjoyed the day,” said organiser Loveleen Kaur.
“When you see the big smiles on everyone’s faces when they’re going home, you know they enjoyed it.”
Mrs Kaur said the organising committee, including Jasvir Kandola, Bakhsinder Grewal, Ruby Toor and Kulvir Dhillon, received a lot of positive feedback from the guests.
“We’d love to continue this into the future, it’s the only event of its kind in Griffith,” Mrs Kaur said.
“We’d like to thank all of the community and all the people who helped us.”
The Tiaan Festival is a traditional event held during the monsoon season in the Punjab province.
It is when all the women and girls who have gone away to marry return to their home towns and spend time singing, dancing and catching up with their female relatives.