Adelaide,Nov 14: Resettled Bhutanese in Adelaide participated in the Credit Union Christmas Pageant 2009 here today.
Nine participants from the community joined the parade at 9 am in the morning that began from South Terrace and ended in a special function at the North Terrace of Adelaide city. Multicultural SA had supported the Bhutanese community members to participate in the event. Some of the participants wore traditional Bhutanese dress ( Gho and Kira) while some were seen on Daura Suruwal, the traditional dress of ethnic Nepali speaking Bhutanese.
Parading Bhutanese defied scorching morning heat of 35 degree centigrade with other more than 3000 participants and 2,24,000 spectators who had gathered to welcome Father Christmas.
“Many people were heard talking about Bhutan when the participants were marching in the pageant”, said Vikram Adhikari who coordinated the Bhutanese participants in the parade.
Every year, thousands of people line a 3.3 kilometre route in Adelaide’s city centre to welcome the colour and excitement of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant – the traditional herald to the festive season.
By Ichha Poudyel