The Indo-Caribbean Federation will celebrate its 29th Annual East Indian Arrival Day on June 8 at Smokey Park in Richmond Hill.
The ancestors of East Indians left the shores of India 176 years ago to seek a better life in the Caribbean. Although the ancestors faced unimaginable hardships, they were comforted in their traditions and morals. Through oppression, the ancestors held to their faiths and beliefs with steadfastness. The adversities they faced did not stop them from passing their rich heritage and culture to their children. From a strong work ethic, to the respect of the elderly, Indo-Caribbean’s ancestors have instilled great values that have continued for generations and have survived through time and the modernization of the Indo-Caribbean community.
East Indian Arrival Day is a day for Indians to reflect and celebrate the sacrifices and sufferings the ancestors endured to make certain that their culture thrived. Indo-Caribbean culture is an integral part of America’s rich cultural diversity and the community contributes to the economic, cultural and social life of the metro area.
Arrival day is celebrated annually to honor the triumph and survival of the ancestors who made the travel those many years ago. Many children take part in an Indian dance, singing and wearing traditional clothing in honor of this day. The annual congregation demonstrates the richness and beauty of the East Indian culture.
This year’s Arrival Day celebration will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Prominent artistes will display their talents. All are invited to come out to cheer the artistes and show appreciation to the organizers for celebrating their ancestors’ contributions. The East Indian pride will be shown through an array of dancing, singing, music, a fashion show and a special appearance by the Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation doing a skit about the ancestors’ living conditions in the Caribbean.