Western Sydney celebrates India's Independence Day

A boy smiles as he sells Indian national flags on a street in Mumbai on August 15, 2006. Picture: Reuters/Adeel Halim (India)

A boy smiles as he sells Indian national flags on a street in Mumbai on August 15, 2006. Picture: Reuters/Adeel Halim (India)

India’s Independence Day will be celebrated on Friday with a sumptious dinner and cultural performances at Castle Hill.

Independence Day, observed annually on August 15, is a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from Great Britain on August 15, 1947.

Jawaharlal Nehru, who became the first Prime Minister of India that day, raised the Indian national flag above the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi to celebrate. It has been done by every prime minister since.

Pictured is former religious leader Mahatma Gandhi on Independence Day, 1947.

Pictured is former religious leader Mahatma Gandhi on Independence Day, 1947.

While Castle Hill’s celebration won’t have a flag-raising ceremony, guests will get to experience the rich cultural diversity, heritage and harmony of Indians in Australia, said Praful Desai, vice-president of the Council of Indian Australians who have are hosting the event.

‘‘Every year we celebrate,’’ Mr Desai, of Old Toongabbie, said.

Friday’s entertainment includes Bollywood dancing by Melody Movez in Stanhope Garden and singing from Rakesh Maharaj. There will also be an auction.

Formed in 2010, Council of Indian Australians is a non-profit group with 50 life members from Sydney and western Sydney who have raised $25,000 for charities such as the Cancer Council and India Vision Foundation.

Part of the money raised tomorrow will help new migrants, people suffering domestic violence and who need educational assistance from the Indian community in Sydney and western Sydney.

Celebrate India’s Independence Day on Friday, August 15

Celebrate India’s Independence Day this Friday, August 15, 6.30pm to 11pm at the Castle Grand, corner Pennant and Castle streets, Castle Hill.

Tickets: $50 each or $450 for a table of 10 include a three-course meal.

Bookings: Nitin, 0477 370 179.

Fast facts

7015 people — or 4.1% of the The Hills population — were from India in 2011.

15,161 people — or 9.1% of Parramatta City's population — were from India in 2011.

22,070 people — or 7.3% of Blacktown City's population — were from India in 2011.

55,234 people in Greater Western Sydney, the greatest number, came from India in 2011.

1712 more Indians lived in The Hills in 2011 than in 2006.

6466 more Indians lived in Parramatta City in 2011 than in 2006. This was the largest change in the reported ancestries of a population in this area.

7821 more Indians lived in Blacktown City in 2011 than in 2006. Same as above, this was the largest change in the reported ancestries of a population for the area.

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