GEORGE TOWN: People from different races and background came together for the “69th Annual Diwali Nite 2019” organised by Gujarati Samaj Penang.
This year’s theme was “Colours of Diwali” and guests were treated to an array of entertainment and delicious food on Friday night.
Gujarati Samaj Penang president Shashikant Popatlal Gathani said it was an auspicious event.
“Usually, we celebrate Deepavali for almost a week, ” he said.
He said Gujarati Samaj Penang, which holds 35 to 40 activities a year, has contributed to the community socially and culturally.
“We are also proud to be part of the George Town Heritage Celebrations 2019 recently, ” he said in his speech.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Gujarati Samaj Penang continues to play an important role in the socio-economic development of the state.
“The state government values your contributions to our economic development and we look forward to working with you to transform Penang into an international and intelligent state.
“With our expanding economy, we are seeing many job opportunities and many expatriates are coming to our shores, including Gujaratis who have made Penang their home, ” he said. There are around 60 Gujarati families in Penang.
Also present were Penang State Consultative Goodwill Council chairman Tan Sri Mohd Yussof Latiff, event organising chairman Sunil Shashikant Gathani and Gujarati Samaj Penang trustee Datuk Jugal Kishor Shivlal.