Blacktown youngsters Ved Patel, 2, and his cousin Hali Patel, 3, are looking forward to attending Australia’s biggest Indian Kite Flying Festival at Fairfield Showground on January 12.
Organised by Blacktown Shree Swaminarayan Temple, the festival raises money to set up special classes to teach children about Indian culture.
Spokesman Tej Patel said Australian-born children needed to attend Indian language and culture classes to learn about their roots and help make them better citizens.
‘‘Young children like Ved and Hali must learn about their cultural history and background to better understand themselves and other people,’’ he said.
‘‘Shree Swaminarayan Temple keeps the spirit of Hinduism alive, through the festival, to nurture Indian traditions and culture in young boys and girls who are born outside India.
‘‘Through these social and spiritual activities, Shree Swaminarayan Temple hopes to produce better human beings who have a high esteem for their rich Hindu culture.’’
Mr Patel said more than 5000 people from across the country were expected to attend the 2014 festival.
‘‘We have received hundreds of inquiries from people and community organisations from Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, besides NSW,’’ he said.
‘‘That’s why we are holding the event at a bigger venue in Fairfield Showground instead of Blacktown.
‘‘The temple hopes to raise about $15,000 from the event to also provide community services across western Sydney.’’
The festival is an opportunity for promoting business as it attracts thousands of people and, to continue the work, the temple is seeking sponsors.
For sponsorship and stall bookings, call Tej Patel on 0423587168, Pankit Vyas on 0433135314 or Nilesh Patel on 0423600493.