Réunion's Dawoodi Bohra Community Plants Flamboyant Trees to Honour Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s 80th Birthday

Dawoodi Bohras of Reunion plant flamboyant trees at a city roundabout.

Members of the Dawoodi Bohras of Réunion planted over 80 flamboyant trees along the South Boulevard on February 21 with the support of Mairie de Sainte-Marie. This initiative—undertaken under the banner of Project Rise—is part of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s global tree-planting drive in honour of their leader, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s 80th birthday.

The planting drive was inaugurated by Ericka Bareigts, Maire de Saint-Denis, in the presence of esteemed officials including Sonia Bardinot, élue de primat, and Jean Poleya, Conseiller Municipal. The planting of 80 flamboyant trees took place at the first of the four roundabouts on Boulevard Sud in Saint-Denis, specifically at Triolet. This strategic location at the heart of Saint-Denis emphasised the collective commitment to enhancing the island's natural beauty and preserving its ecological balance.

Speaking on the significance of the flamboyant trees, a guest shared, “We’re grateful to the Dawoodi Bohra community for initiating this tree planting drive as flamboyant trees hold immense cultural significance, ecological value, and aesthetic beauty on Réunion Island. This initiative not only marks a significant milestone in the island's history but also symbolises a collective pledge to safeguard its unique environment for future generations.”

“The 80th birthday of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin holds immense significance for the Dawoodi Bohra community, motivating us to engage in meaningful projects that resonate with Syedna’s values and teachings, and leave a lasting impact on our community," shared Farida Dawood, coordinator of Dawoodi Bohra community in Réunion.

She added: “The planting of 80 flamboyants serves as a testament to the island’s commitment to preserving its natural heritage and embracing sustainable practices while collectively addressing climate change, bolstering air quality, and fostering stronger community ties."

The flamboyant tree is often regarded as a symbol of the island’s tropical landscape and vibrant flora, playing a pivotal role in the local ecosystem by attracting pollinators and birds, and providing essential shade. Its red flowers are integral to various traditional festivals and ceremonies on the island, adding to its cultural and historical importance.

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February 22, 2024
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