Celebration of 2nd International Day of Yoga in Latvia


The 70th Independence Day of India was celebrated on 15 August 2016 at India House, the residence of the Ambassador. Despite it being a working day, the celebration attracted mre than 100 over 100 members of the Indian community and friends of India, including a large number of children, for whom it was an opportunity to connect with India and learn about the independence struggle of the country and its progress since then.

After the unfurling of the Tricolour by Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison, the President's address was webcast to the audience. A short address by Ambassador Harrison followed in which she touched on the core issues raised in the Address by the President and then briefly described the highlights of India-Sweden relations in recent months; in particular the visit of the Prime Minister of Sweden to Mumbai in February 2016, accompanied by the largest business delegation to any other country and the visit of India’s Communications and IT Minister Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad to Sweden in May 2016. She concluded her remarks by calling on every member of the Indian community in Sweden to contribute in any way that they could towards the strengthening of relations between our two countries. She also underlined that the Embassy was there for all Indians and would gladly extend any help  that any one in the community may need. She also introduced newly arrived First Secretary (Consular & Culture) Parvez Kamal who said that as the Community Welfare officer, he was available 24x7 to every Indian in Sweden.

Short cultural programmes by Srutilaya and Omkara groups, mainly by children, followed which showcased the history of India’s Independence and the richness of its traditions including Yoga, Ayurveda and Diversity. Indian snacks served at the end of the event were appreciated by all the guests.