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Cultures unite for Indian tradition 

Colour and Indian tradition came to the streets of south Tenerife when the Hindu community celebrated “Ratha Yatra” in Arona.

This lovely “Festival of the Floats” has been held for the last four years and once again counted on the support of India-Canary friends and supporters, including the local council and various associations.

The event has its roots in the annual procession in India known as Ratha-Yatra in the city of Puri in the state of Orissa. The celebration dates back many centuries and is echoed in all the major cities of the west, including Madrid, Barcelona, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Moscow, London, Paris and Sydney.

In Ratha-Yatra, visitors witness a variety of cultural events and exhibitions, with theatre, musical and dance performances.

Arona’s culture councillor, Miguel Ángel Méndez represented the council in the procession where a large number of people helped to pull with ropes a chariot carrying revered images. This then toured several streets in Playa de las Americas and was followed by music, dance and tastings of traditional Indian food.