ABOUT 3000 residents in Western Sydney are expected to attend a kite flying festival at Fairfield Showground on Sunday, January 13 in support of a Blacktown Indian temple.
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Blacktown at Bessemer Street with more than 800 devotees has provided community services in the region since 1996.
Fairfield Showground is at Smithfield Road, Prairiewood.
It has been organising the festival since 1999 when it first started in Fagan Park,Galston for families to fly kites, enjoy the competition and thrill of shouting ‘Kapyo Chhe’ (Hooray!).
The kites will be sold in packs of four with 500 metres of thread for $10 and all money raised will go to the temple.
The festival was held for three years at Parramatta Park before it moved to Blacktown Showground for three years and at Harvey Park, Marayong last year.
Spokesman Tejas Patel said the kites and thread were specially brought from India for sale at the festival for a nominal price.
He said Shree Swaminarayan Temple kept the spirit of Hinduism alive through the festival and nurtured Indian culture in young boys and girls who have been away from India.
‘‘It endeavours to produce better human beings of tomorrow with a high esteem for their roots,’’ he said.
‘‘The colourful festival also draws hundreds of visitors of diverse faiths and cultures to participate.’’
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