07.03.2002 / Next April, 8th, an event really
interesting is going to be produced: the main rivers of all the
world will bring in their flows thousands of flowers and burning
candles. The Ganges, in India, the Danube in the Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia and Romania, the Seine in France, the Jordan in
Israel or the Silver River in Argentina, are only some examples of
the worldwide size of this phaenomenon.
responsible of such a poetical event, that is called The River
Ceremony, will be Gypsies of all countries that, this way, want to
celebrate the millennial of our exit of Punjab region, in India,
and our following exodus for the world.
of Gypsy People is an aspect difficult to represent, but people in
charge of the organization and difusion of this event have found
an element that perfectly summarize this feeling: the river, that
flows away in its way without repairing in countries or
man-stablished borders. So that, and for the importance water have
to anybody that begins a trip, the river has turned in a central
element of the close celebration.
Gypsy’s history and its progressive settlement in different
countries of all the world hasn’t been a path of roses,
precisely. Gypsies have to fight against injustice, prejudices,
racism and xenophobia that, yet today, in the XXI Century, are
being present in a lot of world regions.One of the most recent
examples is found in the Kosovo War, where Gypsies were pestered
by the two confronted parts only for the fact of being Gypsies.
those who have suffered these war and ethnical hatred situations
will play a fundamental role during the commemorative events.
Thousands of flowers and burning candles floating in the river
water, will become the phisical symbol of these memories.
day to celebrate the River Ceremony is April, the 8th,
considered as the Gypsy People Worldwide Day. That day, but in
1971, the First Gypsy Worldwide Convention was held in London,
what meant the revival of international Gypsy movement, as well as
its visualization to majority public opinion.
So next April,
the 8th, thousands and thousands of Gypsies will meet
at the main world river banks, of America, Australia, Asia and
Europe, to launch flowers and candles into water in memory of our
ancestors, that leaved India looking for a better future, and
those who had to suffer in their own skin the hatred and the
attacks for ethnical reasons.
This way, the
River Ceremony joints, in the same event, the celebration for the
millennial way beginning and the memory of those who, regrettably,
have suffered the difficulties of this long travel.