WHN

BREAKING NEWS

Bharat Vikas Parishad Leaders Guided us on the Ways to Help Poor and Needy People: B.P Dadhich   |   Conference Delegates are Happy and Satisfied, says Ram S. Chaturvedi of Bharat Vikas Parishad   |   Educational Programs of Bharat Vikas Parishad are Bringing People Together: Swati Vinayak Ghodekar   |   Splendid Conference! Many Thanks to Kota's Bharat Vikas Parishad Organizing Committee: C. Das Gupta   |   'Continue Doing Selfless Social Service' - Ramesh Gandhi's message for Bharat Vikas Parishad Members   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad Leaders Village Empowerment Community Services Msg Inspiring: Prakash Dhariwal   |   In Bari, Bharat Vikas Parishad prevented migration of economically weaker sections: Suman Bansal   |   The speeches, arrangements at Bharat Vikas Parishad National Conf. was awesome, thank you: Dinesh M.   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad is a service-cum-sanskar oriented organization: Ram Swaroop Garg   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad activities aim at multifaceted development of the society: Jugal Kishore Jagga   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad vision is Swasth-Samarth-Sanskarit Bharat: Dr. Rajshree Gandhi   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad has five maxims -Fellowship, Cooperation, Moral Orientation, Service and Commitment: Suman Agnihotri   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad Runs Many Women and Child Development Projects: Roopam Tiwari   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad promotes a sense of patriotism, national unity and integrity: Ranveer Singh Tyagi   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad is an org. of society trend-setters empowering society: Hemant Joshi   |   Necessity of Cultural and Moral Values in Children: Shobha Sarda, Bharat Vikas Parishad   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad Promotes Social and National Integration: Krishna J. Rastogi   |   Bharat Vikas Parishad Workers Saves Lives During War and Disaster - Suresh Agarwal   |   I Joined Bharat Vikas Parishad to Help Poor and Needy of Society - Prof. Govind Singh   |   Join Bharat Vikas Parishad to promote patriotism among future citizens of India -P Bala Chandrudu   |  

10,000 attend Holi Festival of Colors celebration in Milpitas

Around 10,000 Indian-Americans throw colorful powders on one another at Cardoza Park in Milpitas to celebrate the start of spring with the Festival of

Around 10,000 Indian-Americans throw colorful powders on one another at Cardoza Park in Milpitas to celebrate the start of spring with the Festival of Colors, Holi, on Saturday afternoon. See the story on Page 6. Photo by Jubil Mathew ( Jubil Mathew )
 

An estimated 10,000 Indian-Americans from all over the Bay Area congregated Saturday at Cardoza Park in Milpitas to celebrate the start of spring with the Festival of Colors, Holi.

The free festival, organized by the Federation of Indo-Americans of Northern California and Fremont Hindu Temple to celebrate Holi, drew in families, devotees and community members throwing colorful powders on one another to the thumping beat of live music.

Saturday’s “Dhuleti,” which was held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., included families and friends covering their clothes and skin with vibrant colors, drinking and eating traditional fare, and dancing to music produced with a desi drum, “dhol” and a disc jockey.

Around 10,000 Indian-Americans from all over the Bay Area congregate at Cardoza Park in Milpitas to celebrate the start of spring with dancing at the

Around 10,000 Indian-Americans from all over the Bay Area congregate at Cardoza Park in Milpitas to celebrate the start of spring with dancing at the Festival of Colors, Holi, on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Jubil Mathew ( Jubil Mathew )

The festival, which has traditionally been held at Hindu temples in the area, was held for the first time in a park, as organizers expect to see attendance to continue to grow.

“Usually we do it in the temple and it was just getting overcrowded. We thought we should move it to an open area and … we want to open it up to a lot of other communities to start participating … we want to share some our traditional culture with everybody else around in the community,” said Dr. Romesh Japra, president of the Federation of Indo-Americans.

He said next year he would like to call the event “Festival of Globe,” and invite other ethnic communities to join.

Japra said attendees really got into the swing of the event, dancing to fast-paced Bollywood music as color were thrown by children, elders and adults.

“There was a lot of food, music, dancing and colors,” Japra said.

Japra said the story of Holi is one of goodness triumphing over evil, and that the festival is a celebration of love, truth, faith and being a good person.

“There was a king who was a bad character, he wanted everyone to believe he is God and there is no other out there, but his son turned out the other way, religious and spiritual and believing in God and not his father,” Japra said. “The emperor’s sister had this gift when she got into fire she will not get burned. He ordered her to take the son into the fire and she got burned and the son got saved, so that is the mystic story and the truth can always survive anything and goodness and good virtues like the son come out as the winner.”

He said that is why the color of fire and other bright hues are thrown in celebration on Holi.

Divya Chugh, a San Jose resident shared on the event Facebook event page, “That was the best Holi experience ever in (the) U.S. Thank you so much for organizing all the fun food and colors. Yes, we have been to Stanford too so many times, but nothing beats today’s Holi and the best part was the awesome song collection by the DJ. Loved it.”

Source: Mercury News