Happy Dussehra! Next comes Diwali – the Festival of Lights. Check out the celebrations in Houston

Indian Festivals, Dussehra and Diwali at Skeeter’s Stadium bring to life Lord Rama’s ‘Victory of Good over Evil’
The Orissa Culture Center (OCC) float during the grand parade at the Skeeters Stadium in Sugar Land on Oct. 17,2015. OCC co-partnered with Shri Sita Ram Foundation in the celebrations.
by Somdatta Gangopadhyay.
Edited by Shobana Muratee
SUGAR LAND – This year’s Dussehra and Diwali festival at the Skeeters Stadium on Saturday, October 17, scaled new heights when it went over the top with its visual impact: towering effigies and idols (including a 25ft tall Lord Hanuman), colorful fireworks, drama, parade under spotlights, streaming bazaar and above all a rock solid community turnout! Read more. 
Bathukamma: A festival celebrating life, gaining popularity in Houston
The intricately woven Bathukammas are displayed before Goddess Gauri. After the offerings are made ladies gather in a circle and dance around Bathukammas singing songs.

HOUSTON: Bathukamma, “flowerful” festival of Dassera, was celebrated by record crowds at Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple on October 17th, 2015. This year’s festivities, organized by the Telangana Association of Greater Houston (TAGH) Bathukamma committee, attracted over 2,000 people. Read more.

Vibrant Ramleela 2015
Presenter Kusum Sharma in the Swayamvar of Ram and Sita scene of the play Ramleela.

by Runmee Barbara Photos by Anusha Rajagopalan On 18th October, a visually opulent, hot-blooded melodramatic entertainer with exquisite dance sequences, special effects and power packed performances stole the hearts of hundreds of Indians. The 11th Ramleela production by Kusum Sharma’s “Shri Natraj School of Dance” (www.shrinatraj.com) was done in association with “Kalakriti Performing Arts ….Read more.

Chinmaya Mission Houston showcases a festive Navaratri Garaba
Ladies doing the traditional dandiya Garaba dance. Photos by Jayesh Mistry, Rajesh Thatte and Satish Byali
By Vinod Sharma Chinmaya Mission Houston’s Navaratri celebration at the Stafford Civic Center on Friday, October 16, was a grand event. Over 1200 member families and their friends gathered together to spend the evening immersed in all the elements that make the social aspects of Navaratri memorable…..Read more.
In This Issue
Indian Festivals, Dussehra and Diwali at Skeeter’s Stadium
Bathukamma: A festival celebrating life, gaining popularity in Houston
Vibrant Ramleela 2015
Chinmaya Mission Houston showcases a festive Navaratri Garaba

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Keynote Speaker Neil Bush delivering IACCGH Distinguished Lecture Series. 

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IAA and Pratham partner in bringing “Madan Mohan Remembered” to Houston
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Sat. OCT. 31 – Indo American Association (IAA) and Pratham USA present ‘Madhan Mohan Remembered”  
Sat. OCT. 31 – Char Dham Hindu Temple, Woodland TX  – Brick ceremony at 10 AM.
Sat. OCT. 31 – Grand Diwali celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple, Pearland, TX
Sun. NOV 1, 5:30 PM  – HOPE Nite – at Immanuel Center, Stafford, TX
Sat. NOV 7 – from 5pm onwards – Diwali at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin, TX
Sat, Nov 7th, 5:30 PMonwards Diwali at Arya Samaj, Houston TX 

Source: Voice of Asia