THE rainy condition did not dampen the spirits of members of the Then India Sainmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam of Fiji attending their annual convention in Lautoka yesterday.
The wet conditions did not deter the hundreds who turned out to mark the beginning of the four-day convention that would include religious performances, sports events and entertainment.
TISI national president Sadasivan Naicker said the convention was a significant because it allowed them to come together and be part of the annual celebration.
"This year's theme 'Sangam for the Challenges for Tomorrow' is very appropriate because we now need to refocus in areas we may have missed such as libraries, health centres, nursing homes, elderly care homes, and hostels," said Mr Naicker.
"We need to expand and reach out to our community in the remote parts of Fiji."
Mr Naicker said the convention, which was not held last year because of the January and March floods, was especially significant for the people of the West.
"I can see how people are very passionate and dedicated to ensuring this convention was held and how people have stood up to the task in making it possible."