TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Friday (Nov. 13) expressed the hope that Taiwan's relations with India will continue to improve during a Diwali festival in Taipei.
As part of the Taiwan government's efforts to recognize diversity and welcome immigrants to the country, a Festival of Lights banquet was held Friday evening at Taipei Guest House. Besides Wu, Taiwan-India Parliamentary Friendship Association Chairwoman Wu Yu-chin (吳玉琴) and India-Taipei Association Director-General Gourangalal Das also attended the event.
The idea was initiated by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tien Chung-kwang (田中光), who has recently returned to Taiwan after a seven-year posting at Taiwan's representative in India. The event, which was organized by Taipei India Music and Culture Center and Indians in Taiwan group, featured traditional Indian cuisine, such as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) favorite dish, chana masala, catered by Mayur Indian Kitchen (馬友友印度廚房).
The entertainment included Hindustani instrumental music and classical as well as Bollywood-style dance performances. Complementary henna body painting was offered to guests as well.
During his opening speech, Wu pointed out that many Indians have chosen Taiwan as their home and the government welcomes more to do the same. He said the president is very fond of Indian culture and that she hopes relations between the two countries will continue to prosper.
Meanwhile, Wu Yu-chin said Taiwan is privileged to be able to hold social events during the coronavirus pandemic. She said Diwali symbolizes the "victory of light over darkness" and the Taiwan-India friendship will allow both countries to overcome evil, reported CNA.
In his address, Director General Das said that by opening the Taipei Guest House for Diwali, the Taiwanese have not only opened their doors but also their hearts and minds to India and the Indians.
Festival of Lights banquet held at Taipei Guest House. (CNA photo)
Indian henna body painting at the Festival of Lights banquet. (CNA photo)