Festival goers reach for sky

VED Patel, 2, and his cousin Hali Patel, 3, of Blacktown, are looking forward to Australia's biggest Indian Kite Flying Festival at Fairfield Showground on January 12.

It is organised by Blacktown Shree Swaminarayan Temple to raise money to set up special classes and teach them about Indian culture.

Spokesman Tej Patel said children like them born in Australia needed to attend Indian language and culture classes to learn about their "roots".

"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 develop better human beings for tomorrow who have a high esteem for their rich Hindu culture root."

Mr Patel said more than 5000 people from across the country were expected to attend the 2014 festival and make it a national community event.

"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 temple has been organising the Kite Flying Festival for families since 1999.

The event is a good opportunity to promote business to thousands of people.

To continue its work, the temple is seeking sponsors.

For sponsorship and stall booking, call Tej Patel on 0423 587 168, Pankit Vyas on 0433 135 314 or Nilesh Patel on 0423 600 493.

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