South Asian Heritage Month:Bharti Mistry
My parents came to England in 1967 from Gujarat, India. My dad worked 12 hour shifts in a cotton mill and my mum worked as a sewing machinist. My parents worked really hard to give me and my sisters a comfortable upbringing, which I am really grateful for.
As part of my Indian Heritage, I take part in and celebrate many Hindu festivals and events throughout the year at the local temple and with extended family and friends. This has given me the opportunity to have a deeper understanding of Hinduism, which has helped me to have a more positive outlook in life, through the teachings of my spiritual Guru. My favourite Hindu festival is Diwali (the festival of lights) and one of the major events I have attended is when the largest Hindu temple outside of India opened in 1995 in Neasden, London. Even today it is visited by people from many different faiths. Through the local temple I have taken part in fund raising events for local charities, this has helped to feel more connected with the local community.
I feel very fortunate to have a culturally rich background and to learn about the other diverse cultures and traditions around the world.