Feasts, festivals and lots of fun
With 85 nationalities represented at Al Mouj Muscat, it will not come as a surprise to learn that our rich and diverse community has much to celebrate. Two quite different events, with origins from two different sides of the globe, recently brought the community together over two weekends and in spectacular fashion.
First, Halloween, which has ancient origins in the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain (said Sah-Win) to mark the changing of the seasons, where feasting took place and lanterns were carved by hollowing out gourds. Another interesting fact is that much later, it became All Hallows’ Eve, to pay homage to Christian saints but many of the old traditions remained.
This year, at Al Mouj, a fantastic family event was organised at the food truck park. Around 1,000 residents enjoyed fun activities and indulged in some yummy treats and as well children had the chance to watch a spook-tacular movie!
A week later, it was time for the community to unite once again, this time to marvel at the wonder of Diwali, the festival of lights. It also has its origins as a celebration that marked the last harvest before winter, around the time of the new moon between the Hindu months of Asvina and Kartika.
One of the most symbolic Hindu festivals, it signifies peace, joy and the triumph of light over darkness. It is also known for the remarkable display of clay lamps, fireworks, decorative strings of lights as well as exquisite rangoli flowers. Sweets are shared and food prepared, and we were delighted to host our own Diwali event where more than 500 residents were treated to delicious Indian delicacies, took part in fun activities and enjoyed the dazzling bright lights of this wonderful festival.
Experiencing festivals new and old, bringing people together and creating incredible family memories is such a big part of why so many people at Al Mouj now call it home.