(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Bahira Maisoon | The Peninsula
Doha: As part of associated activities of Qatar National Day, Kerala Muslim Cultural Center in Qatar (KMCC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior organised a ceremony at football stadium of Al Wakra Sports Club on Tuesday.
With participation of around 6000 people, the event started with a huge parade in which children and elderly people also took part.
Traditional dances, songs and dresses representing both Qatar and Kerala were the theme of the parade. Men, women, children and elderly people dressed in the unique traditional forms were carrying placards with messages
‘We are safe in the land of Qatar' etc. Also people waved the flags of India and Qatar to show unity and solidarity between two nations.
Changing of colourful parasols, folk art forms of Kerala like Kolkali, Duffmuttu, drum plays and Arda, traditional dance of Qatar were few of the art forms performed in the parade.
To promoting environmental cleanliness and organic farming, there were banners with title ‘Clean Qatar Green Qatar'. The parade also highlighted the promotional activities for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. There was also district wise parade competition between the people from different Northern districts of Kerala.
The KMCC State Secretary Muhammad Koya, told The Peninsula that the celebrations meant to highlight tradition and heritage of Qatar and growing Indo Arab relations as well.
'On Qatar National Day, we are very blissful to celebrate this event with the huge crowd present here and also we are in the pursuit of 50th anniversary of KMCC.
I take this moment to express my gratitude to Interior Ministry to allow us to host the celebrations. , said president of KMCC, Sam Basheer while talking to The Peninsula. He further added that their spirit of love for their mother country, India is alike the love for Qatar.
During the event, famous scholar, orator and Indian political leader, Abdu Samad Samadani praised Qatar and said that Qatar is like a falcon. 'The falcon flies with head straight-up and never bows down. Also it does not eat dead creatures. This bold and brave nature of falcon is synonymous with bold Qatar, he said.
Captain Abdul Latheef from Qatar Human Rights Department also expressed his pleasure over the event. The event also included an interactive session on anti-drug campaign by the Interior Ministry.