Malawian Malayalis on Saturday celebrated Kerala Piravi, which means the Birth of Kerala State the function which takes place during the month of November each year.
Kerala was formed as a state of the Republic of India on November 1 1956. The state was divided on Llnguistic basis. The mother tongue of Kerala is Malayalam and people residing in Kerala are called Malayalis.
In Malawi, Malayali Association organises this event annually in a bid to discuss and review past year’s successes and challenges. They meet to exchange ideas, eat and drink and the functions are spiced by showcasing their cultural dances.
Among other activities at the event is lighting a lamp which symbolises chasing Satan.
Kerala, the Southern state of India is one of the most vibrant states of India called as Gods own country. It is the highly literate state and one of the fast economically growing states.
Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola, who was the Guest of Honour assured the people of Malayali culture that they will continue to enjoy the support of the Malawi government like other people do regardless of their origin.
Matola was speaking this during the cultural annual event organised by Malayali Association of Malawi Blantyre Chapter held at Portuguese Club in Limbe where scope of people of Malayali culture came to attend.
“I would like to thank you on behalf of Malawi government for the contribution you make to the country through your companies. Your companies have created jobs, one of the things which the government is advocating for.
“I am assuring you that the government of Malawi through the leadership of Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda will give you the total support and secure your businesses. The current government is committed to assist all people to bring harmony and prosperous in their respective field,” said Matola.
In his remarks, Chairman of the association Father Gracian commended Malawi Government for accommodating the grouping saying they stay in the country without any problems.
“The government realizes that we are all Malawians regardless of our cultures and religion. They do give us a lot of support like any other groupings and we have to thank them for that. We promise that we will continue to contribute towards the development for the betterment of our country,” said Father Gracian.
The function was spiced up by several traditional dances.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :