HOVELL Tree Park was a sea of colour at the weekend but not from sprouting spring plants.
Bright saris waved in the breeze as Indian women and men danced in celebration of one of their former country’s major festivals.
The Navratri festival is based on the legend of a goddess who fought a demon for nine days.
Thus, it is a nine-day festival with the first three representing courage and fearlessness, the next three symbolising knowledge and wisdom and the final three celebrating liberation and success.
Albury-Wodonga Indian Australian Association president Aruna Gandhi said she hoped the celebration would help integrate communities on the Border.
“It’s important to celebrate the Indian community and teach others our culture,” she said.
“We live in Albury and we want to be a part of the community and for it to understand our roots.”
She said the aim had been to create a fun atmosphere that encouraged people to join in their dancing.
The festival also involved a ritual of waving flames to a song and asking for blessings of courage, success, health and prosperity.